The administration and the PWD are working on war footing to ensure a glitch-free public rally at Bhabara in Alirajpur district where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Azadi-70, Yaad Karo Kurbani’ campaign on Tuesday.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accompanied by administrative and police officers visited the venue of a rally and the site of helipad to check the ongoing preparations.
Bhabara is the birthplace of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad. Modi will garland a statue of Azad, visit the revolutionary’s memorial and reach Jhatrada, 12 km away, to address a public meeting where over a lakh tribals are expected to congregate.
Located on the banks of Satar, the Azad memorial recollects the revolutionary’s undercover stay as a sanyasi, Harishankar, in the area.
Jhatrada village, which falls under Aman Kua village panchayat, is situated 12 km from Bhabara in Alirajpur district. About 100 vehicles lined up at Jhatrada village carrying tents, sand, concrete and other material to prepare the ground for the rally.
According to official information, Modi will reach Indore airport at 11.55 am and leave for Bhabara at 12 noon. At the Indore airport, administration officials and some BJP leaders including mayor Malini Gaud will receive Modi. After the public rally, he will leave for Indore at 2.50 pm and then fly back to Delhi.
The venue of the public rally at Jhotrada village is in mess with ankle deep water along with slush and mud, thanks to the incessant rains. Intermittent spells of moderate to heavy rains which continued till Monday night made it a mounting task for PWD officials.
No ‘flies’ during Modi visit
The local administration has asked Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to ensure cleanliness in Indore airport premises.
A team of civic body staff is stationed at airport since Monday morning to clean the premises and spray insect repellants. “We were directed to ensure there are no flies, no mosquitoes or no birds; even the house sparrows should not be spotted at Indore airport,” said an official.
“Birds can cause threat to flights, so they are also included in the list; we have to ensure nothing ‘flies’ in the area besides the prime minister’s Air India One (AI-1) and Mi8 helicopter,” he said.
Politics over Nationalism?
The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has changed the name of Bhabhra as “Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar” in memory of the revolutionary leader.
The house where he was born on July 23, 1906 was developed into a memorial and named as ‘Azaad Smriti Mandir’.
A small museum is also exists at the place which showcases the revolutionary’s life.
“August 9 is a historic day in India’s freedom struggle as it reminds us of the sacrifices made by the revolutionary leaders,” BJP state general secretary Arvind Bhadoria said.
“It is a matter of happiness that the Prime Minister is launching the campaign ‘Azadi-70, Yaad Karo Kurbani’ from the birth place of Azad,” he said. “Nearly two lakh people, mostly tribals are expected to take part in the meeting...”
Meanwhile, Congress MP from Ratlam-Jhabua, Kantilal Bhuria alleged that the ruling party has given it a saffron colour to the programme by overlooking Congress’ contribution to the freedom struggle.