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BJP to charge Rs. 10 from its workers to attend Modi's rally

PTI  Bangalore, September 22, 2013
First Published: 16:17 IST(22/9/2013) | Last Updated: 16:21 IST(22/9/2013)
BJP plans to charge Rs. 10 from party workers who want to attend the proposed public rally of the outfit's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi here next month.
 
"There is a thinking in the party to charge Rs. 10 and this decision is almost final," a senior party functionary said today.
 
The Gujarat chief minister is slated to address the public meeting in the second half of next month, which the party's state unit hopes would kick-start preparations for next year's general elections.
 
Senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu is the rally in-charge, and the party is scouting for a suitable location for the rally which it expects would attract a five-lakh strong crowd.
 
Rs 5 tickets were sold to the public for Modi's programme in Hyderabad earlier this year, and the party would charge a similar amount for party workers for his September 25 rally in Bhopal.
 
BJP sought to downplay the Rs. 10 entry charge for its workers here, pointing out that it's common in the "Parivar" conventions where they participate after paying a fee.
 
"The move is to get people committed to the party, its ideology and Modi," the functionary argued, adding that party workers can buy Rs. 10 pass online to attend the rally of the outfit's poll mascot.
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