He is likely to end up addressing around 40 rallies as the star campaigner of the BJP-led NDA. No Prime Minister before Narendra Modi has ever visited Bihar more than two-three times during assembly elections in the past.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed a few rallies in the 2000 Bihar Assembly polls while another former PM Manmohan Singh addressed two or three rallies in the 2005 assembly elections.

Similar was the case in the 2010 polls. PM Modi is scheduled to stay at the Raj Bhavan here  after addressing four rallies in Begusarai, Nawada, Samastipur and Munger districts.

The Prime Minister will address two more rallies in Sasaram and Aurangabad tomorrow. PM Modi addressed four rallies in the state even before the announcement of the assembly polls in July and August, with two official visits during the same period.

After the Election Commission announced the dates for the assembly polls, PM Modi addressed his first formal election rally in Banka district on September 2.

Even during campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when stakes were high for PM Modi, he returned to Gujarat by late evenings or night after addressing rallies in different parts of the country.

“He has never stayed back in the state where assembly polls have been held in the last one year. It would be interesting to know why Modi is so much desperate for Bihar polls," said Anis Ankur, a socio-political analyst.

"PM Modi is taking no chances in the Bihar polls as his own credibility and the myth surrounding his charisma will be in doubt if the BJP suffers defeat," pointed out Jai Prakash, a theatre activist.

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