PM Narendra Modi will be in Bihar on Saturday and JD(U) is hoping to garner benefit from his visit this time. JD(U), which rejoined the NDA after breaking the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and Congress, would be hoping to encash from this union with some major ticket announcement. This will also be the first time JD(U) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will share the stage with PM Modi after his return to the NDA wing, Indian Express reported. The last time both the leaders shared stage was at a 2009 rally in Haryana when Nitish was part of the NDA.
Senior JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said, “It is after 13 years that Bihar is being ruled by a front that is also in power at the Centre. Naturally, there are expectations of big announcements during the Prime Minister’s visit. We are hoping that the package promised to Bihar is quickly disbursed (the PM had announced a special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar ahead of the 2015 state polls). We also hope the demand for a special category status for Bihar is accepted as it would bring about development.
During his visit to Bihar, PM Modi will be attending a function in Patna University to mark its centenary foundation day. He would also head to Mokama, about 90 km from Patna, to lay the foundation for or launch more than half-a-dozen schemes. JD(U) is also expecting a major announcement for Mokama-Baraiya taal area, spread across 1.18 lakh hectare. The area remains under water for six months in a year which will make it best for the cultivation of pulses once the water dries up. JD (U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told that if proper water management scheme is implemented in the area, it can become the ” pulse bowl of the country.”