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BJP pulls out all the stops for Modi

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 20, 2013
First Published: 01:22 IST(20/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:24 IST(20/9/2013)

Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, will hold his much-hyped Delhi rally on September 29 and the party is leaving no stone unturned to make it a roaring success.

To ensure the venue - Japanese Park in Rohini, which can accommodate more than 5 lakh people, way more than Ramlila Maidan - is packed to capacity, the Delhi BJP has asked all party members and workers for a final list of people they have mobilised to attend the rally, complete with personal details and phone numbers. And to make sure the names and numbers are genuine, it has even asked for self-attested photographs.

An initial list of participants was submitted a while back and a revised one provided recently.

"For the past few months, workers have been allotted poll booths where they are to interact with voters who fall under these booths. With just 10 days to go for the rally, we need to check how far these workers have got," a senior BJP leader said.

There are more than 11,000 such workers manning the booths and each of them is expected to bring at least 50 people to the venue on the day of the rally.

Buses will be provided to ferry the participants.

In addition, aspirants have been asked to carry a report of the work they have done in their areas and what they intend to do in the future, sources said.

The party is so engrossed with the rally preparations that it has even delayed the ticket selection process. On Wednesday, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said they would come out with a list of candidates only after September 29.

Party leaders performed 'bhumi pujan' at the venue on Thursday and later held a meeting to check preparations.

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