The BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s supporters who will come to Patna to attend Hoonkar rally on Sunday will be in for a pleasant surprise: home cooked food prepared by housewives. It’s an effort by the state BJP towards mass galvanisation and household participation in the rally. Amongst the other elaborate arrangements to make the rally a success include mobile apps for live webcast of Modi’s speech, making all the entry points to Patna one way, and deployment of cranes to deal with breakdowns slowing the traffic among others.
Seniors BJP leader Sushil Modi told dna, “Everyone is participating in their own way in Patna to support Narendra Modi. Housewives will contribute home cooked food for party workers and supporters who will come to Patna from outside on Sunday. We have made 13 centres from where at least two lakh packets of home-cooked food will be distributed in Patna.”
“We have booked all marriage halls and fields in Patna. Our 91 MLAs and 16 MLCs are entertaining groups of 2,000-5,000 people each from their constituencies at their residences. We hope 25,000 small cars and 10,000 buses will come to Patna,” he added. The BJP has also arranged for 2.5 lakh square feet tent and 200 toilets for people to stay at the Gandhi Maidan itself.
Modi will address people from a 12 foot-tall stage. As many as 30 LED screens and state-of-the art public address system have been installed at the venue.
Narendra Modi will arrive in Patna around 12.30 pm in a chartered plane and head towards the Gandhi Maidan having a capacity of three lakh, which has witnessed the historic anti-Congress rally by socialist leader Jaiprakash Narayan in 1974.
Modi will get on to a special bullet proof SUV that has been already been brought to Patna by the Gujarat police. Interestingly, the SUV has been arranged from Gujarat as Bihar Police only had bullet proof Ambassadors in the offing, sources said.
The ruling JD(U), meanwhile, sees this as merely a branding exercise. JD (U) MP Shivanand Tiwari told dna, “This is just a country-wide image making exercise by the BJP. Modi is simply attacking the Congress using the recent series of corruption. But what is his solution to the corruption or his model of effective administration? Gujarat’s development also lacks equity. It has not fared well on the social fronts such as education, malnutrition and poverty.”
“And where are the numbers? They have very insignificant presence in West Bengal, Orisssa, Assam and the Northeast, Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” Tiwari added.
Meanwhile, in an embarrassment to the BJP which was in power for at least eight years before parting ways with JD (U) – the party is concerned about the traffic snarls at entry points of Patna.
Had the BJP given some thought to the issue while it was in the government, there wouldn’t have been this eleventh hour firefighting.
So to avoid snarls at the four entries to Patna, the BJP has requested to make them one-way for some time. Meanwhile, 30 cranes have been deployed at the four entry roads to Patna to clear traffic urgently in case of breakdown.