Kanpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address his maiden rally in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Elaborative arrangements have been set in place to make Modi’s Kanpur rally a huge hit. A vaastu compliant stage that is 100-feet long, astrologers propitiating the gods and invitations sent through social networking sites – the BJP has pulled out all stops to make its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s maiden rally in Uttar Pradesh at Kanpur Oct 19 a success.
And the spade work, party sources say, has been “unprecedented”.
The selection of the venue to be addressed by Modi is interesting as Kanpur is represented by three-time MP and central coal minister Shri Prakash Jaiswal. Party sources say six other rallies will be held with Modi at different places in the state in the run up to the Lok Sabha election due next year.
The 100 feet long and 30 feet wide main stage will hold the national leadership of the BJP including Modi and party president Rajnath Singh, while two side stages are being erected to accommodate the state leadership and other office bearers, BJP city chief Surendra Maithani told a news agency.
Special teams have been formed to rope in a large number of youngsters and party workers have fanned out in educational and technical institutions including the Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj university, its affiliates and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to invite students to hear Modi and his plans for a vibrant India.
The entire city has been splashed with posters, hoardings, bunting and banners giving details of the rally and its venue — the social welfare department ground opposite Gautam Buddha Park in Indiranagar.
Elaborate security arrangements have also been put place. “Seven SP rank officials, eight ASPs, 15 Dysps, 40 inspectors, 700 constables, 100 lady constables and anti-sabotage team among others have been provided for the rally in Kanpur,” IG law and order RK Vishkarma said.
The party’s minority wing is also working hard to ensure that a sizeable chunk from the Muslim localities attend the rally and to do so a booklet listing welfare schemes for Muslims undertaken by the Gujarat government is being distributed in Muslim-dominated areas of the city.
The BJP is also giving special attention to media and separate stands are being made to accommodate local, regional, national and international media which is likely to swarm the city to cover Modi’s maiden foray into Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.
The BJP has set itself a target of 40 plus seats from UP. It currently holds 10 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.