Amid tight security, Modi first headed for Gaurichak in old Patna locality to convey his condolences to the kin of Azeemchak resident Raj Narain Singh, 65, who lost his life in the serial blasts. "Modi consoled Singh's widow. The family was assured that the party will take care of them and they were satisfied that Modi had come to meet them," BJP leader Ravishanakar Prasad said. At Singh's residence, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj was present. Media persons were allowed near the residence after a thorough check. (JPN/Agencies)
The BJP prime ministerial candidate also garlanded the photograph of Raj Narain, sat on the floor as he consoled the family and handed them a cheque of Rs five lakh on behalf of the party, said Arun Sinha, BJP MLA from Kumrahr.
Sinha said that the family sought a job for one of the three sons of Singh and Modi assured them he will look into it. Singh's other two sons are in the Army.
Raj Narain Singh was a farmer and an ardent follower of Jaiprakash Narayan. He had gone to Modi's rally without informing his family, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi informed the BJP prime ministerial candidate. Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav was also present.
Modi's visit was delayed by two hours on Saturday morning due to fog. As the weather opened up, he left for Gauraichak, 25 kms from Patna, in a helicopter. He has been accorded the status of ‘state guest’ by the Bihar government. The state guest house where he has been staying is opposite to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's official residence.
Heavy security arrangement was made during Modi's visit. Besides Bihar police personnel, 150 police officials from Gujarat including one Additional Director General of Police rank officer, two Deputy Inspector General of Police and six Deputy Superintendent of Police level officials have come to Bihar as part of elaborate security cover for Modi at all the places he is visiting, police sources said.
As part of Z+ security arrangement for Modi, the Bihar government has issued an alert. A DIG rank officer along with Commissioner is accompanying the Gujarat Chief Minister in all the districts he is visiting, police sources added.
From Gaurichak, Modi was slated to families of victims in Kaimur, Gopalganj, Supual, Begusarai and Nalanda.
Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, will be the final destination of Modi. From there, he will fly in helicopter straight to Patna airport to return to Ahmedabad in his chartered plane, BJP sources said.
Six persons were killed in multiple explosions on October 27 during ‘Hunkar rally’ which was addressed by Modi, his first major political show in rival Nitish Kumar's home turf after parting of ways of JD-U and BJP on June 16 last.
The investigation in the blasts case has pointed to involvement of Indian Mujahideen militant outfit.
Within a week, Narendra Modi has returned to Bihar to pay condolence to the six persons killed in the blasts on Sunday.
The ruling JD-U hit out at Modi, alleging that he was playing politics of polarization and questioned that why he had never visited the families of 2002 Gujarat riots.
"This kind of behaviour does not fall in sync with behove of a person who has been named the prime ministerial candidate by the main Opposition party. We are not saying he should not come to Bihar. But the time he has chosen is not right," JD-U leader Shivanand Tiwari said.
His colleague KC Tyagi attacked Modi for travelling with a large security entourage from Gujarat, saying that his actions are an insult to the prestige of Bihar.
"It is a naked aggression from one state against another. He is behaving like the cruel invaders from the medieval period. Till now we had only seen Centre's interference in affairs of the states," he said.
Modi arrived in JP Airport Patna late on Friday night at baround 11:15 pm from Pune. He was received at the airport by Sushil Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Shahnawaz Hussain, Ravishankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan among others.
Amid tight security, Modi first headed for Gaurichak in old Patna locality to convey his condolences to the kin of Azeemchak resident Raj Narain Singh, 65, who lost his life in the serial blasts.
"Modi consoled Singh's widow. The family was assured that the party will take care of them and they were satisfied that Modi had come to meet them," BJP leader Ravishanakar Prasad said.
At Singh's residence, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj was present. Media persons were allowed near the residence after a thorough check.