On the southwestern fringe of this city draped in blue for the silver jubilee of the Bahujan Samaj Party, a tented mini township was erected in an 80-acre garden, Smriti Upvan, to accommodate party workers streaming in from various parts of the country for their big event.
The district administration, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and the Transport Department pulled out all the stops, working round the clock to arrange parking sites for 10,000 buses and 6,000 special utility vehicles for the rally. The vehicles brought thousands of BSP workers to the city for the gathering at the Rama Bai Ambedkar Rally Ground.
About 12,000 policemen — including 20 ASPs, 70 DSPs, 800 SIs — ensured security and crowd management during the rally on Monday. The city has around 5,000 policemen and about 7,000 others were called in for the rally. Eleven teams of anti-sabotage and bomb disposal squads were deployed. . Fourteen closed circuit TV cameras were put in place. Mechanics of the UP State Road Transport Corporation were deployed at police stations along all the six approach roads to the city to ensure quick repair of snags in vehicles carrying rallyists.
Nearly 200 doctors and 50 ambulances were deployed on round-the-clock duty at 17 makeshift hospitals set up for the rally. The Lucknow Electric Supply Administration (LESA) put all its engineers and technical staff on duty for the event. Leave of all its officials managing the affairs of Monday's rally were cancelled.
Over 10 lakh LED lights were used and 1,000 quintals of Marigolds and Birds of Paradise flowers were used to decorate the venue of the rally. The entire city was draped in blue. The BSP also set up stalls where people could buy party merchandise, including framed pictures of Mayawati, Kanshi Ram, BSP audio CDs, posters, stickers, badges, Dalit literature and mobile covers.