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Narendra Modi all set for mission Bundelkhand today

Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times  Kanpur, October 25, 2013
First Published: 10:10 IST(25/10/2013) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(27/10/2013)

After Kanpur, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address another rally in Uttar Pradesh, this time in Jhansi, on Friday.

This will be Modi’s second in Uttar Pradesh out of the proposed nine rallies by year-end in the first phase of campaign ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

From the stage that would look like the Rani Jhansier leaders Fort, the Gujarat chief minister is expected to hard sell his development model for Bundelkhand— a region largely known for its frequent droughts and farmer suicides.

While he is expected to corner the Samajwadi Party government on the law-and-order scenario, Modi is also likely to prominently bring up the issue of Muslim appeasement.

Giving an insight of Modi’s line of action, state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said the Gujarat chief minister will try to connect with the electorate of the region, which was once a bastion of the party.

“The entire report about the state of affairs in the region is with him. We have provided every minute detail about suicide by farmers, their issues, lack of development, the perennial water crisis, irrigation problem, unemployment etc,” said Bajpai.

Under the BJP’s scheme of things, it is pertinent to win Bundelkhand to expect a gain in the 2014 elections. The intent was clear when the BJP moved its stalwart leader Uma Bharti to Madhya Pradesh to contest the election from Charkhari, which she won.

The plan paid dividends as the BJP gained three out of the 19 assembly seats that it had never won in the previous two polls. “The BJP will present Bharti as a leader who could lead the people and region to prosperity and development,” he said.

The rally has already created a big buzz among BJP workers in Jhansi, a constituency at present represented by Union minister Pradeep Jain Aditya.

Party sources said arrangements are in full swing to make it the most hi-tech political event to be relayed to 37 countries. The GIC ground, venue of the rally, and its surroundings, including the trees, have been painted saffron.

Three stages have been built at the GIC ground. The main stage, which will look like the Rani Jhansi Fort, will host Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and 28 other frontline leaders.

Though it is believed that the ground could accommodate up to two lakh people, BJP workers have put up nine LED television screens. The party’s UP in-charge Amit Shah visited the rally ground and suggested certain changes in the design, party insiders said.

While the rally is expected to begin at 1 pm, Modi will arrive at 2.40 pm. BJP’s Jhansi unit president Babu Lal Nishad said a huge number of people have already arrived from as far as Chitrakooot and Madhya Pradesh for the rally.


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