It will be the first time in this pre-election season that the two leaders will address rallies on the same day. The battle of rallies between the two leaders gained momentum in the last one month with Modi viciously targetting Gandhi over the latter's public acts, including addresses that he made in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the past week.
The Hunkar Rally in Patna is also significant for it will be the first time that Modi will be addressing a mega rally on the turf of Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) chief minister who terminated his party's 17-year-old relation with the BJP in June. The BJP has claimed that the rally will be the biggest ever held in the state and that Bihar politics will see significant change after the mega occasion.
This is the first time that the two leaders will speak on the same day
The acrimonious relation between the JD(U) and the BJP in the state was evident when several posters and hoardings in Patna were removed for they were allegedly unauthorised and were obstructing the traffic movement. Kumar, however, denied of using state power to spoil the BJP's party.
On the other hand, Gandhi will address the first rally in Delhi since the announcement of the December 4 assembly polls there. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other senior Congress leaders are expected to be present at the rally in northwest Delhi.