Despite Modi’s claim, ‘Run for Unity’ fails to touch magic figure

CAG with some help from the BJP workers recorded a registration of over 29 lakh people in the last three days before the event that was held on Dec 15 .

Ahmedabad | Updated: January 11, 2014 4:58 am
CAG with some help from the BJP workers recorded a registration of over 29 lakh people in the last three days before the event that was held on Dec 15 . CAG with some help from the BJP workers recorded a registration of over 29 lakh people in the last three days before the event that was held on Dec 15 .

The number of people who registered for the Narendra Modi-government sponsored Run For Unity, organised by Citizens for Accountable Governance, till December 11 was less than 21 lakh. The awareness campaign for the run was launched in mid-November. On December 28, while flagging of a fleet of trucks with kits to collect iron tools, chief minister had claimed that 50 lakh people participated in the run at 1,100 locations across India.

However, figures show that CAG, with some help from the BJP workers, did record a registration of over 29 lakh people in the last three days before the event that was held on December 15 as part of building the world’s tallest statue near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district.
Almost a month after the event, both government and CAG are not ready with the location-wise bifurcation of how many participants ran from where. But if the list dated December 11 submitted to Modi by CAG is anything to go by, the ‘awareness’ drive for building the tallest statue for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, does not look very exciting, except in Gujarat.
According to this list (a copy of which is available with The Indian Express) in the North-East states and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the registration figure was in single digit, whereas it was in two digits in just five states and three digits in 12 states. Only 10 of total 33 states, saw registration in four digit numbers whereas Gujarat was the only state where it was in several lakhs.
Gujarat saw registration of 20.5 lakh by November 11. But the scene was not very upbeat in even other BJP- ruled states with Chattisgarh accounting for 516 and Goa 291. Even Punjab, which is ruled by BJP’s ally Shiromani Akali Dal saw only 806 registration by November 11. While Madhya Pradesh fared slightly better with 1,691, it was states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh that saw registrations between 11,000 to 3,000. Manipur had 7, Nagaland 6 and Mizoram just 1.

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