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Eleven gates,100ft-high poster,giant LED screens do their bit

The eleven entrances to the Japanese Park in Rohini read like an election manifesto.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published: September 30, 2013 12:34:44 am

The eleven entrances to the Japanese Park in Rohini read like an election manifesto. Vridh Sammaan Dwar,Mahila Sashaktikaran Dwar and Vikas Dwar were some of the names of the entrances to the venue.

“A lion will roar today,” one poster said with A R Rahman’s Maa Tujhe Salaam in the background.

As clouds gathered over the venue,a strong wind uprooted a massive 100ft-tall poster of Modi.

Tension was palpable among BJP workers. The turnout was still not impressive. “The rear end of the venue is still empty,” a harried party worker said,as he ushered people in.

Then,word came that Modi’s helicopter had landed. Within moments,people waded in,filling the empty spaces. Cries of “Modi,Modi” rang out,drowning the speeches of other leaders addressing the crowd.

“When will he speak? I don’t want to hear the others. They are no different from the leaders of other parties. But Modi is different,” Ishwar Singh,a resident of Karol Bagh,said.

As Modi took the dais,people climbed on to every mountable structure,from the scaffolding supporting the canopy to security barricades. At one point through his speech,Modi said,“If you are done with cheering,perhaps I can go on. The media and the country have noted your enthusiasm. Now,please take your places and listen to me.”

As they listened to him,technology played its part. A 3D hologram of BJP’s symbol lotus shone brightly behind the speakers. More than 10 large LED screens relayed the action on the stage to those too far away to see him. Cameras panning the crowd relayed their own euphoria back to them. As cameras zoomed in on them,groups of people broke into chants. “It’s as if Modi is Sachin (Tendulkar),” 85-year-old Shashank Tomar from Jhajjhar,Haryana,said.

The moment Modi left the stage,people were seen making a beeline for the podium and posing for photographs.

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