The political din in the poll-bound state has been slowly building up since the middle of September as leaders of the grand alliance and its arch rival, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, have addressed a series of rallies with each passing day.

Prominent seasoned campaigners who will address rallies in the coming days in Bihar include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav, and Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechuri.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and over a dozen union ministers will also address voters to seek support for their respective parties.

PM Modi is to address at least a dozen rallies during the campaigning in the state. He addressed four public meetings even before the dates for the Bihar elections were announced. "PM Modi will address two or three rallies in each phase of Bihar polls," BJP leader Sanjay Mayunjh said. The Prime Minister is likely to address a rally in Banka district on October 2, followed by more rallies.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi too is likely to address three rallies on October 3 whereas Manmohan Singh will address two public rallies in the second week of October. On the other hand, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad - the star campaigners for the grand alliance of the JD-U, RJD and the Congress - have already addressed over a dozen rallies in the last two days.

Lalu Prasad formally kicked off his party's campaign yesterday by addressing a massive rally in Vaishali in Raghopur Assembly constituency, where his younger son Tejaswi Yadav is contesting.

Nitish Kumar on Saturday formally kicked off the JD-U campaign by addressing a public meeting in Kalyanpur Assembly segment in Samastipur district.

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