Senior Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left Patna on Wednesday in a private helicopter for Bagaha in West Champaran district where he will begin his campaign with a 'Sankalp Yatra'.

His arch-rival and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav also used a private helicopter on the same day to reach different places in Gaya district to address public meetings.

Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were the first to use helicopter earlier on Monday to attend the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Muzaffarpur town.

Like in the past elections, political parties, except for the Left, go in for helicopter campaigns by paying huge amounts to private helicopter firms.

According to leaders from different parties, more than a dozen helicopters from private firms will be pressed into service to ferry their star campaigners.

A BJP leader said the party has booked five or six helicopters for campaigning.

"Every day these helicopters will take party leaders to different parts of the state. It will save time and enable them to reach out to people in faraway places in no time," the leader said.

The Janata Dal (United) in Bihar will book three helicopters for poll campaigning.

"One will be used by Nitish Kumar and the others will be used by party campaigners," a JD (U) leader said.

A RJD leader also said the party will hire at least two helicopters.


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