President adjusts Bihar visit dates for Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar Rally'

Patna, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 October 2013, 01:49 PM

President Pranab Mukherjee agreed to revise the dates of his Bihar visit on the request of BJP leaders, who met him on Thursday.

BJP Vice-President Rajiv Pratap Rudy and party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Thursday reached out to President Pranab Mukherjee over the issue.

BJP urged Mukherjee to revise his schedule to visit Bihar on October 26-27 as it coincides with Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar Rally' on October 27.

"The President told us that he will visit Bihar on October 26 to attend a convocation, but will return back to Delhi the same day," Hussain said.

Modi will address the BJP's hunkar rally in Patna on October 27. The clash between the President's visit and Modi's rally had become an issue between BJP and its former ally JD (U).

BJP had alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had deliberately invited the President on October 27 as well to scuttle the party rally.

"BJP leaders will be there in Patna on October 26 to welcome President Pranab Mukherjee. It is honour for Bihar to welcome the President on one day and the future Prime Minister of India the next day," Rudy said.

BJP's Bihar unit had charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with misleading the people on finalising the date of the presidential visit to Bihar.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had said that the party had finalised the date of the rally way back on March 20 and Kumar was fully aware of it.

He had alleged that the Chief Minister was duty-bound to apprise the President of the scheduled political event during his visit. 

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:46 AM
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