Modi arrives in Patna to kick-start BJP’s poll campaign

Patna, July 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday on a day-long visit, during which he will also address a public meeting in Muzaffarpur to kick-start BJP’s campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

“Modi arrived at the Patna airport by a special Indian Air Force aircraft,” Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Vikash Vaibhav said.

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He was received by Governor K.N. Tripathi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Nearly 2,000 policemen have been deployed here for Modi’s security.

Tight security arrangements were made after the intelligence agencies warned of a possible “human bomb attack” on Modi on the lines of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, a top police officer said.

Four suspects, including three alleged Maoists, were arrested in the morning and were interrogated, police said.

Modi will launch Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Rashtriya Gramin Joyti Yojna and inaugurate the new campus of IIT here.

He will inaugurate Daniyawan-Biharsharief new rail line and inauguration of construction work of phase-1 of Jagdishpur-Haldia Natural Gas Pipeline here.

Besides, Modi will launch and lay the foundation stone for incubation centre for medical electronics at IIT-Patna.

Modi will attend two other functions in Patna before leaving for Muzaffarpur, around 70 km from Patna, to address a public meeting where he is likely to launch Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign for the forthcoming state assembly polls.

Modi’s rally at Gandhi Maidan here was rocked by serial bomb blasts on October 27, 2013, leaving five people dead and nearly 100 injured.

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