Know your leader profile: Narendra Modi - BJP

Written by: Preeti Panwar
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-NDA government is all set to check its fate in the upcoming Bihar assembly elections 2015. Out of the 243 assembly seats in Bihar, BJP will contest on 160 seats and its allies LJP, HAM and RLSP will contest on 40, 20 and 23 seats respectively.

Bihar will face five-phase assembly polls on Oct 12, Oct 16, Oct 28, Nov 1 and Nov 5. The poll results will be declared on Nov 8, Sunday.

Let's take a look at the brief profile of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Narendra Modi

Date and place of birth: September 17, 1950, Vadnagar district in Gujarat.

Brief Family history: Narendra Modi is the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and his wife, Heeraben. As a child, he helped his father in selling tea at the Vadnagar railway station and on trains.

As a teenager, Modi ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus terminus. He completed his schooling in Vadnagar, where a teacher described him as being an average student, but a keen debater.

Brief political history: The RSS assigned Modi to the BJP in 1985. Modi became the General Secretary of the BJP and was transferred to New Delhi where he was assigned responsibility for the party's activities in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Modi was promoted to the post of National Secretary of the BJP in 1998. On October 7, 2001, Modi was appointed the as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, with the responsibility of preparing the BJP for elections in December 2002.

Important posts held: General Secretary of the BJP, National Secretary of the BJP, Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Modi on Bihar: On the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, PM Modi has said that development should be the main agenda.

In Aug 2015, while addressing the election campaign rally, Modi had announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar's development.

Modi has assured the people of Bihar that the "BJP can change Bihar's luck".

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