Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his archrival Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav will start campaigning from March 19.

"Nitish Kumar is meeting his party Janata Dal-United leaders and workers at his official residence as there is neither a public meeting nor any other programme planned for Tuesday," said an official.

JD-U leaders close to Nitish Kumar said he will start campaigning from Wednesday.

"The JD-U has already announced candidates for 38 of 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar which the party is contesting," a JD-U leader said.

The party has left two seats to the CPI. Nitish Kumar, who has already completed the first phase of his 'Sankalp Yatra' last week, is likely to start the second phase this week to inform people about denial of special category status to Bihar by the Congress-led UPA government and his commitment to continue the fight for the long-pending demand.

Lalu too did not campaign during the festival.

“Laluji will start campaigning two days after Holi. He will address at least half a dozen public meetings in rural areas a day as per plan," RJD leader Ejaj Ahmad said.

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed his last rally in Bihar’s Purnea district on March 10 while his rally in Gaya on March 14 was cancelled due to his preoccupation with the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

"With Holi now over, Modi will address at least two rallies in Bihar this month," a BJP leader said.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who joined hands with the BJP, too will hit the campaign trail from March 19.


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