Narendra Modi says his Oct rally was a target of political rivalry
2.25pm: Modi talks tough on terrorism
Speaking about terrorism, Modi said that terrorism was a threat to humanity. "Sadly Bihar has become a haven for terrorist activity in the due to government's votebank politics. We have to fight terrorism with one voice. Parties should bury their differences to fight terrorism" he said.
Upliftment of the poor is BJP's priority, he said. "Every time we talk about India's problems, our rivals say secularism is in danger. Whether it is farmers plight, poverty or any problem, they blame it on secularism," he said. For them secularism is a religion first, for us it is India first, he said.
I say stop price rise, stop corruption, stop violence against women, they say stop Modi, their only agenda is to stop Modi, he said.
2.05 pm: Modi welcomes Ram Vilas Paswan
Narendra Modi praised Khudiram Bose and said that 'we got freedom due to bravehearts like Khudiram Bose who sacrificed himself for the nation.'
Speaking about Ram Vilas Paswan, Modi said that Paswan was welcomed back to the NDA family. "NDA is growing fast and will not stop growing. Our strength will increase and so will the woe of others. This Hunkar is to free the country of corrupt politicians," he said.
He said that though Ram Vilas left the NDA in resentment, he was always cordial whenever he met me. "Ram Vilas Paswan has no hypocrisy like some other leaders. There is no place for hypocrisy in democracy," he said.
Laying stress about the sugar industry he said that sugar industry was prospering here but why are all the sugar mills shut off here.
"It hurts me when I see that women have no proper sanitation facilities even after 60 years of independence," he said. Asking them crowd Modi said: "Can the current government and the government in Delhi give you jobs? Those who are not bothered about the current status of unemployment will never do anything for the next generation in the future," he said.
Modi said that the lichi and makhana are very famous from this region. "If there is no lotus, from where will the makhana come from.
1.55 pm: Narendra Modi addresses the rally
Addressing the crowd here Modi said that when he was here last time in Oct 2013, there were serial blasts. "Those bomb blasts were not targeted at me, but at the people of India. My last rally here was a target of political rivalry.
No matter how much people try to disrupt peace in Bihar, the people of Bihar have show how determined they are. I salute the people of Bihar," he said. He added and said that without peace and unity there can be no progress in the country.
Modi alleged that the serial blasts in Oct 2013 was a result of vote bank politics. "People involved in vote bank politics can't understand the pain left by Patna blasts. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stood for unity in this country. We need to rid the country of the vote bank politics," Modi said.
1.48 pm: Sushilkumar Modi addresses the crowd
Former Deputy CM Sushilkumar Modi addressed the rally and hit out at Congress saying that whether you vote for RJD or JD(U), their choice of PM candidate will be Rahul Gandhi.
1.35 pm: Ram Vilas Paswan addresses the crowd
LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan addressed the rally here. This was his first appearance with Modi after he announced that his party would join forces with BJP.
"My son Chirag has come to seek your blessings. You must not only welcome Narendra Modi but also strengthen the NDA and also bring a change under Narendra Modi," he said. Praising Modi, Paswan said that Narendra Modi was born in a poor family, he has seen difficulties.
"We are here to wipe the tears of the poor. Modiji understands the difficulties of the poor people," he said.
1.12 pm: Narendra Modi arrives at the venue
Narendra Modi arrived at the venue. He is expected to addresses the rally shortly.
Reports suggest that Ram Vilas Paswan will also be joining Modi on the dais. Paswan joined forces with the BJP last week after initially breaking ties with the party in 2002.
Security has been beefed up ahead of his rally. Modi's last rally in Bihar was in October 2013.