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Congress gears up for FDI mega rally

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2012 23:46 IST
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Not just from Delhi, a large number of people from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh will take part in the Congress' mega rally in support of foreign direct investment (FDI) on November 4.

More than one lakh people are likely to assembly at Delhi's historic Ramlila Maidan when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address people on the party’s policies, especially its decision to allow FDI in retail.

"This rally will match Indira Gandhi's rallies in terms of the number of people coming to listen to their favourite leaders," Delhi Congress legislative party spokesman Mukesh Sharma said.

Sharma said five stages are being erected at the venue. While one stage will be occupied by Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, the members of the Congress Working Committee, ministers, Members of Parliament, MLAs and other congress functionaries will be on another stage.

A 17-member group will present a cultural programme from the third stage. Two stages will be kept for photographers and television cameramen.

"The municipal corporation will give structural safety certificate for these stages. This is the first time that we are making separate seating arrangements for women," Sharma said. The venue will be secured by special protection group and Delhi police.

The Congress has arranged 2,000 buses to bring people from every direction to the venue of the rally. Congress leaders said the Chief Minister has been talking to leaders of various organisations, trade unions, religious and social groups who would also reach the venue in 600 buses.

"Loudspeakers are being installed in surrounding areas to ensure that people who fail to reach the venue can also listen to their leaders," a senior Congress leader said.