BANKA, Bihar -- Addressing his first rally in Bihar after declaration of the five-phase elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that people of the state will celebrate two Diwalis this year - one after the poll results are out, and the other on the day of the festival.
"A delegation of Bihari people had come to meet me in America and I had also met people from Bihar who are there. We had a very long discussion and I was so proud of them. Despite their progress, they wanted to see a progressive Bihar," said Prime Minister Modi.
Stating that India's progress is not possible without the progress of Bihar, Modi said that the Central Government had opened its coffer for the state's progress.
"The government has emptied its coffers for Bihar's development, and this is no favour, this is Bihar's and its peoples' right," he added.
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