Modi visits Patna to pay homage to Kailashpati Mishra
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi visited Patna on Sunday afternoon to pay homage to senior BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra, who died on Saturday after a prolonged illness.
Kailashpati Mishra, who was the governor of Gujarat between May 2003 and July 2004, passed away at his Patna residence.
However, Modi's visit to Bihar is attracting media attention because of his harsh relations with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Nitish Kumar opposed Modi's campaign in Bihar during 2009 parliamentary poll and 2010 assembly polls in Bihar.
The relations between both dipped further in June 2010, when an advertisement appeared in Bihar's local newspaper praising Modi government for allocating fund for the Kosi river flood in Bihar. The advertisement showing photograph of Modi shaking hand with Kumar irked him.
Kumar has criticised Modi for the 2002 communal riots on various occasions, and is opposed to idea of Modi's nomination as NDA's prime ministerial candidate in 2014 parliamentary elections.
Modi reached Patna in the afternoon while his nemesis Kumar was busy in his Adhikar rally.
Speculations about Modi and Kumar's meeting are high at Mishra's last ritual ceremony. But according to the schedule Gujarat CM will not stay to long in Patna. After paying a condolence visit to Mishra's family, he will head to Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh.