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Narendra Modi to address rally in Delhi today, BJP pulls out all stops for it

PTI  New Delhi, September 28, 2013
First Published: 21:25 IST(28/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:37 IST(29/9/2013)

Amid elaborate preparations by BJP for Narendra Modi's maiden rally in the capital on Sunday after being nominated its prime ministerial candidate, the party accused Sheila Dikshit government of indulging in disruptive tactics on Saturday.

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"The rally, 'Badlenge Dilli, Badlenge Bharat' (Change Delhi, Change India), would leave a big impact and be a stepping stone for the upcoming Delhi elections.

"It would highlight all the issues plaguing the city which has been turned into a slum by the Congress government as half of the city's population doesn't have any basic amenities," Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said at a press conference.

The Delhi BJP leaders put up a united front on the eve of the rally with Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly V K Malhotra, former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta, former Mayor Arti Mehra, senior BJP leader Vijay Jolly joining Goel at the press meet.

Goel accused the Delhi government of trying to disrupt the rally by ordering the PWD to remove banners, hoardings and billboards from various places in the city.

"Even police have been involved in it and some of our activists were arrested for putting up posters," Goel said, adding, "When there is a rally by Congress leaders, why no such actions are taken. We protest such moves".

BJP has deployed over 1,000 volunteers to manage the arrangements at the venue, Japanese Park, for medical aid, drinking water and other facilities.

Goel said Delhi's problems during the last 15 years of Congress "misrule" like unauthorised colonies, shortage of water and power and problems of villages would be depicted on 20 LED screens, that have been put up there.

The party has made arrangements for buses and cars, with separate parking facilities, and put up signages for people to reach the venue. Apart from it, BJP has asked for special facilities from Delhi Metro to ensure those coming to rally don't have to face problem.


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