With this, Nalanda became the third constituency to be mentioned as one from where Modi may contest if he were to do so outside his state. Lucknow and Varanasi are the other two.
Thakur, a former BJP state president, said many BJP workers felt the Gujarat chief minister was "more popular" in Bihar "than even in his native state".
His remarks drew a sharp response from JD(U) MP Shivanand Tiwari. "Earlier also, we heard Modi would contest from Lucknow and Varanasi. I don't understand why," he said.
Tiwari said if Modi were to 'quit' Gujarat to contest a Lok Sabha seat from some other place, it would be seen as a sign he was "losing his grip".