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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

BJP to organise Modi's 'Hyderabad-type rally' in UP in October

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 18, 2013
First Published: 22:11 IST(18/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:14 IST(18/8/2013)

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to kick off the Uttar Pradesh leg of his ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ campaign from Vrindavan in September is expected to return again to the state in October for addressing what is being billed as ‘Hyderabad type rally’.

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The date and venue of Modi’s October rally is yet to be finalized and whether the rally too would be a ticket-event on the lines of the hugely successful Hyderabad experiment is not known yet.

Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai and party general secretary (organization) took part in the national campagin committee meeting of BJP's office bearers held on Sunday in New Delhi in which a decision was taken to tap “Modi’s appeal” in Uttar Pradesh.

Sources disclosed that it has also been decided to set up a state election campaign committee in Uttar Pradesh on the lines of the national campaign committee that Narendra Modi heads.

“Modiji would be seen addressing rallies across the country from October but Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would certainly figure prominently in Modi’s itinerary. The reason being obvious as in both states the BJP sees maximum potential for improvement,” said a BJP leader.

Modi has also asked the BJP spokespersons across the country to be “aggressive without being indecent”.

“The message for the media team of the BJP is simple: Do your homework before approaching the media. Modiji asked the media team to study the topic on which one wants to speak to the media well,” said a source.

As if on cue, the BJP fielded its spokesman Manoj Mishra, a teacher by profession to target the UP’s Samajwadi Party on the delay in distribution of tablets to class X students in the state.

The press note issued by Mishra was a detailed one, replete with statistics like how many laptops the government has distributed so far to class XII students and what the backlog is like.

“Barely 2 lakh students have got laptops. The CM is citing technical difficulties in tablet distribution to class X students. He must explain what the technical hitch is like,” Mishra asked.


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