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Battle of the biggies: Modi, Rahul to address rallies in Bihar on Friday

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With campaigning for assembly elections on at full swing in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will add further heft and heat to the proceedings from Friday.
Prime Minister Modi will launch his campaign on Friday by addressing a rally at Dehri in Rohtas district. This will be followed by a second rally at Gaya’s historic Gandhi Maidan venue and the third at Bhagalpur.
According to the BJP, the Prime Minister will address 12 election rallies in Bihar. A BJP leader said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also attend several election meetings along with the Prime Minister.
For the Congress, Rahul Gandhi will also address two election rallies on Friday. Congress legislative council member Prem Chand Mishra said that Rahul will hold his first rally at Hisua in Nawada while his second rally will be held at Kahalgaon.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is likely to accompany him at Hisua.
In Bihar, polling for the 243-member assembly elections in three phases will be held on October 28, November 3 and November 7, while counting will take place on November 10.
The first phase will go to polls for 71 assembly seats on November 28, while the second phase will go to 94 seats on November 3 and 78 seats in the last phase on November 7.
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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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