Addressing a press conference in Patna, Sushil Kumar Modi said coinciding the President’s visit with the Narendra Modi rally appeared ‘deliberate’ as the BJP had announced October 27 as the date of its ‘hunkar’ rally more than seven months ago, on March 20.
Claiming the party’s October 27 rally would witness the “largest ever crowd turnout in Bihar’s history”, he hoped the President would reconsider the dates of his proposed Bihar visit. “We’ll bring the matter to his notice,” he added.
Sushil Modi said IIT-Patna’s proposed convocation on October 26, to be addressed by the President, had been timed to prevent rally participants from entering the state capital.
He sought to put the blame for this on chief minister Nitish Kumar.
However, an IIT-P official said a Saturday in October had been suggested by the institution as its preferred date for the convocation, following which the President’s secretariat had approved October 26 for the purpose.