According to a BJP leader, the right-wing outfit has engaged its volunteers to mobilise people for the rally as the party wants as many people as possible to listen to the PM.
Modi will address the rally at the end of the BJP’s two-day national executive committee meeting which began in Allahabad on Sunday. Before the public rally, the PM will address the concluding session of the national meeting as well.
“It has been named ‘parivartan rally’ because the party intends to launch its campaign of bringing a change (parivartan) in Uttar Pradesh’s politics and form a BJP-led government in the state,” a leader said, claiming the Monday’s gathering will be the “biggest public meeting in the history of Allahabad”.
Another BJP leader claimed that the party will target a gathering of “at least 5 lakh people” at the rally. People from 14 district units of Kashi region will come, with nearly 50,000 expected to arrive from PM’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi alone, the leader said. Most of the people will come from the adjoining districts of Allahabad.
At least one RSS representative, however, denied the organisation’s “involvement” with the rally. RSS’s prachar pramukh for eastern region Rajendra Saxena said, “It is BJP’s programme and RSS has nothing to do with it. We are busy with the ongoing training camps,” he said. Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Kashi region joint secretary Anand similarly sought to establish that his outfit’s workers are “not engaged with the rally’s preparations”.
The two claims, however, differ from what a senior VHP leader, who is “associated” with the preparation of the rally, told The Indian Express, “Volunteers of VHP and other wings of the RSS are engaged with the preparatory works of the parivartan rally. It is a mega event of our political organisation BJP and we have to make it successful by ensuring participation of maximum people. It is important because the NDA government has completed two years successfully and BJP is gearing up for the UP assembly polls.”
The leader said that several workers of various RSS wings were engaged with the BJP’s national executive committee meeting as well.
Another RSS office bearer said that a “coordination team of 12 to 15 RSS volunteers” has been formed for the purpose. Each coordination team includes five senior workers and 10 youth workers, senior leaders of various RSS wings monitoring the work of these teams. “In the past 10 days, they have visited door-to-door in villages and markets inviting people to hear the PM’s speech,” the office bearer said.
He added that every morning at the RSS shakhas, spots are picked for the mass invitation programme.
“RSS supports all such mega events of BJP, including the management work during elections. But it is not done openly. We work from back of the stage,” an RSS leader said.
A BJP leader confirmed that the party was getting support from the VHP, RSS and its students’ body, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, with the rally’s preparations. ABVP workers have been told to contact students at coaching centres and college campuses and ask them to attend the rally where a “separate space” will be reserved for them.
“Allahabad is the hub of education and young people from different parts of the country come here for higher studies or preparing for exams like civil services. We are focussing on them,” an ABVP leader of Allahabad University said.