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Saturday , April 5 , 2014
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Gujarat tech for canvass

- Modi to score 10 at once

Patna, April 4: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, after successfully using the 3D holographic projections during the Gujarat Assembly elections in 2012, would use the same in the state.

On April 6, the BJP foundation day, Modi would address 10 public meetings at different locations across the state using the technology.

State BJP unit president Mangal Pandey said: “Modi would address public meetings at Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Bhabua (Sasaram Lok Sabha constituency), Bettiah, Katihar, Madhepura, Madhubani, Vikram (under Karakat seat) and Jamui.” This is first time that such technology would be used by any political party in the state, where a national leader would address public meetings at one time.

In the Gujarat Assembly polls in 2012, Modi addressed more than 200 public meetings using the same technology, trying to reach out to voters simultaneously in various constituencies. The unique campaigning style even featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.

As part of the technology, each location could set up 20x40ft projections from where Modi would deliver his speech live from one of the locations. Apart from using the technology in reaching people, Modi, as part of his third visit to the state after elections date were announced, would address two rally on April 10. One of venues of the rally would be under the Pataliputra constituency from where former RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav is contesting on a BJP ticket against RJD candidate and Lalu Prasad’s daughter, Misa, Bharti. The other place where Modi would address rally has not been decided yet.

On the occasion, Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav attacked the Congress leadership for not sharing stage with Lalu Prasad though the Congress has an alliance with the RJD in the state. Yadav said: “On one hand, the Congress leadership is avoiding sharing stage with RJD leaders, including Lalu Prasad, there is no love lost from Lalu’s side.”

The senior state BJP leader claimed that low turnout of people in chief minister Nitish Kumar’s rally is an indication that people have lost their hope for Nitish and don’t want to waste their votes. On the occasion, many leaders from different parties joined the BJP.

Former RJD MLA from Madhubani Rana Randhir Kumar, the son of former RJD MP from Sheohar, Sitaram Singh, joined the party along with large number of supporters. Former RJD MP from Sitamarhi Ram Shrestra Krihar Yadav, too, joined the camp. Sources said the joining of these two leaders would help the party gain in Sheohar and Sitamarhi constituencies.