BJP goes all out for Modi extravaganza

“You missed a spot,” a worker,clad in a uniform holding a walkie-talkie,tells a tired-looking painter.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:September 29, 2013 1:17 am

“You missed a spot,” a worker,clad in a uniform holding a walkie-talkie,tells a tired-looking painter.

Sitaram,the painter,since Saturday morning,has been touching up the orange and green colours at least 50 times to make the lotus perfect.

“This is where he (Modi) will stand. Nothing can go wrong,” he says,wiping the sweat off his brow.

In the backdrop,stands a 20-foot tall poster which reads,“…and the historical countdown begins”. Three men are perched on the ladder next to the poster. A TV camera zooms in and out and closes in on Modi’s picture on the right of the poster. The men balance the poster till the man in a beige-and-black uniform,standing across them,gives a thumbs up. The men quickly get off the ladder and run to the other side. There’s no time.

With over two lakh people expected at the rally — the Gujarat CM’s first in the capital after being declared the PM candidate — the BJP is sparing no effort to make it a success.

Eighteen committees have been formed to take care of water,food,speakers,parking and security,traffic and transport,and VIPs to name a few. The BJP claimed that members of its minority morcha have volunteered to serve water. “This stands for what Modi believes in – development for everyone,free of caste and community,” Jai Prakash,Delhi BJP unit general secretary,said.

The BJP has arranged for seven lakh water pouches and 50 water tankers with a capacity of 1,000 litres each. Portable toilets have been erected at the venue. Ten ambulances will be on standby to deal with emergencies. Wards have been booked at various private hospitals,as a back-up.

A reception counter,a Delhi Police control room,a medical help desk,an information centre have been put up at the venue.

For mediapersons,the BJP has put up seven cameras of its own,which will provide live feed to TV channels.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said,“We are not reaching out to the minorities. They are reaching out to us. All arrangements are in place,but if there is any untoward incident,the Delhi government is responsible.”

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