Ahead of Modi's visit, 'poster game' irks BJP
Two days after Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's posters were defaced in Rewari town, where he is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday, more than 200 hoardings were found installed, dubbing him as anti-farmer and anti-soldier leader.india Updated: Sep 15, 2013 13:35 IST
Two days after Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's posters were defaced in Rewari town, where he is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday, more than 200 hoardings were found installed, dubbing him as anti-farmer and anti-soldier leader.
The BJP prime ministerial candidate would address a rally organised by ex-servicemen cell of the party in Rewari.
Police had registered a case against unidentified persons for blackening Modi's posters on Thursday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders alleged that state power minister and Rewari Congress MLA Capt Ajay Singh Yadav was behind the "poster game" and requested the district administration and police to take action against those trying to flare up tensions on the rally day.
Meanwhile, a delegation of farmers and ex-servicemen, who claimed to be hailing from Gujarat, have also been laying a dharna outside the mini-secretariat and seeking permission from the deputy commissioner to meet Modi regarding his "anti-farmer and anti-ex-servicemen" policies.
However, when mediapersons questioned them about the Gujarat issues, they failed to give satisfactory replies and some of them were identified as farmers from Jind district.
The protesters, who claimed that they were only hand-to-mouth, also faltered over the question as to from where they had been paying their car travel expenses and rent of rooms in hotels for the past many days.
Meanwhile, party state president Ram Bilas Sharma met Rewari superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Nain on Friday and urged him to keep an eye on any possible fallout on the rally day. However, district administration officials assured him of taking action against anyone found involved in suspicious activities to disturb law and order situation.
Rewari district president Satish Khola said that local Congress leaders were behind the poster mischief as they were not able to digest the growing popularity of the BJP in Ahir belt on the arrival of Modi.
In a press release, power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav discarded the allegations levelled against him, but said that farmers of Gujarat had all the right to express their resentment.
Modi to be treated as state guest
Rewari deputy commissioner CG Rajni Kaanthan said that the Haryana government has declared the Gujarat chief minister as the state guest and during his visit to Rewari on Sunday, he would be given due security and facilities according to the protocol of a state guest.
On the anti-Modi hoardings, he said that BJP leaders had complained regarding this and police were investigating the case and action would be taken against anyone found guilty.
First Published: Sep 15, 2013 01:01 IST