02/10/2015 4:41 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Narendra Modi: 'Bihar Will Celebrate Two Diwalis This Year'

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BHAGALPUR, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally ahead of the upcoming Bihar elections on September 1, 2015 in Bhagalpur, India. Prime Minister Modi delivered his fourth and final Parivartan rally speech before the declaration of dates of Bihar assembly elections. He launched a scathing attack on the Nitish-led Bihar Government and demanded that the united opposition of Janata Pariwar should give an account of its 'work' done in Bihar over the last 25 years. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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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