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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

All hands on deck! BJP pulls out all stops for Modi rally

Neelam Pandey and Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 29, 2013
First Published: 02:05 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 03:39 IST(29/9/2013)

In a last-minute rush to ensure success of Narendra Modi’s maiden rally in Delhi, the city unit of the BJP is busy running checks on the arrangements made so far — pandal, flowers, LED screens, security, audio system, stage and transport.

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The party is banking on the Metro to bring in maximum number of people for the rally and, therefore, it has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to increase the frequency on the Dilshad Garden-Rithala line. The rally venue, Japanese Park in Rohini, is close to Rohini West and Rithala Metro stations.

“The DMRC has assured us that the frequency of trains on the Rithala line would be reduced to 3.3 minutes from five minutes on Sunday. Also, the number of trains has been doubled to 26 on Sunday,” said Vijender Gupta, convenor of the committee formed to oversee the rally preparations.

The party has also asked the Metro to provide feeder buses at Rohini West and Rithala Metro stations. Also, 300 e-rickshaws have been hired to transport supporters from Metro stations to the rally venue. “This will help the senior citizens who can’t walk. The buses will also have to stop at a certain distance from the rally venue,” said Gupta.

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Over 1,000 party workers will sleep at the venue on Saturday night to guard the massive infrastructure erected for the rally.

Over 4,000 buses have been arranged to carry supporters to the venue.  For those who can’t reach the rally ground, LED screens have been placed at almost 20 locations across the city to telecast the proceedings.

Modi and Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari will reach the venue around 11am on a chopper for which a helipad has been made at the ground. Apart from senior leaders of Delhi BJP, party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, and Modi’s close aide Amit Shah will attend the rally.

Delhi Police have posted 3,000 personnel for security at the venue. Quick reaction teams, patrol vans, bomb disposal squad, dog squad and intelligence officials will also be present in and around the venue.

“Visitors will be allowed in from 11 gates. Baggage scanners and metal detectors have been installed at all entry points. People must come early as thorough frisking will result in long queues,” said a senior police officer.

“Traffic Police recommend that those who wish to join the rally avoid private vehicles and use the Metro,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).


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