3,000 vehicles to ferry people for PM Narendra Modi rally

Tight security in Srinagar with 30 mobile check posts

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Updated: December 7, 2014 3:11 pm
BJP workers make preparations for PM Narendra Modi’s rally at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Shuaib Masood) BJP workers make preparations for PM Narendra Modi’s rally at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium in Srinagar on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Shuaib Masood)

The BJP office in Rajbagh is abuzz with activity as workers are busy making arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally on Monday, which is seen as a climax of the party’s push in the Valley for the assembly elections.

Altaf Thakur, who handles the party’s media and publicity wing in the Valley, said they have hired 3,000 vehicles to ferry people. While party’s national secretary Tarun Chug is overseeing the arrangements for the rally, RSS national convener Girish Juyal is in charge of mobilising people. Thakur said they are planning to bring people from all the constituencies in the Valley.

“We have been given a target to bring one lakh people,’’ he said. “There are 3,000 vehicles that have been hired to ferry people to the Sher-i-Kashmir stadium.” The party has also set up a “war room” in Pamposh hotel where its spokesperson Khalid Jehangir sits.

Sources said that a large number of people are also being brought in from Jammu to make sure that the stadium is full on Monday. Sources said national general secretaries Ramlal and Ram Madhav, MoS and Party’s Jammu MP Dr Jitender Singh and state vice-presidents Ramesh Arora and G M Mir will share the stage with the PM. The party’s 15 candidates from constituencies that are yet to go to polls will also be present.

J&K Police and various other security agencies have made an unprecedented security arrangement for the PM’s maiden rally here. Sources said that 50 companies of police and CRPF have been deployed in the city and 30 mobile checkpoints have also been established to check for militants who may try to sneak in. A three-tier security ring will encircle the stadium, sources said, adding that 14 SPs and 19 DSPs will monitor the security arrangements. The stadium has been scanned for landmines and IEDs several times already and the venue is completely out of bounds for civilians. The exact plans as to how Modi will reach the venue is unknown with BJP sources saying the tentative time given to them for his arrival is 12.30 pm.

A three-tier security ring will encircle the stadium, sources said, adding that 14 SPs and 19 DSPs will monitor the security arrangements. The stadium has been scanned for landmines and IEDs several times already and the venue is completely out of bounds for civilians. The exact plans as to how Modi will reach the venue is unknown with BJP sources saying the tentative time given to them for his arrival is 12.30 pm.

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