India, Oct. 18 -- Emboldened by the backing from the top BJP leadership including Union home minister Amit Shah, who in an interview to TV channel clarified that Nitish Kumar remains the NDA chief ministerial candidate, Kumar along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi addressed joint rallies at Buxar and Bhojpur on Sunday.

This is the first time since campaigning began when CM and deputy CM held a joint election campaign for JD(U) and BJP candidates in these two districts of old Shahabad, one of the strongholds of the BJP.

The joint meeting comes amid BJP leaders now becoming more vocal in criticising the LJP as a vote splitter in a bid to mollify Kumar who is miffed with Chirag Paswan fighting alone in key JD (U) seats.

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