Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s second leg of “chai pe charcha”, which is to take place on Saturday across 1500 destinations in the country, is awaiting the mandatory police clearance in Vadodara in view of the code of conduct which is in place. The event, which is to be held at a local tea stall in Fatehgunj in Vadodara will see Modi discuss issues of women empowerment. Cops say they need to consult the guidelines of the code of conduct before handing over any permission.
Officers of Fatehgunj police station say that the party will need to show clearance from the district election officers before seeking police permission for roadside campaigning. Gujarat Minister for Power and Energy Saurabh Patel will be present at the event which will see Modi address women’s issues through video conference.
Tushar Shukla, a volunteer from CAG – the NGO that is supporting Modi’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s post said that the team was in the process of seeking necessary permissions. “The event has been planned beforehand and we are taking necessary permissions. Vadodara is only one of the 1500 destinations in the country,” Shukla said.
Party sources say caution is being maintained to ensure no violation of the code of conduct occurs. “We will not put up any hoardings or banners until the event as it would be a violation of the model code of conduct,” a party worker said.
When The Indian Express visited the tea vendor who has been chosen for the event, he said no instructions had been issued yet by the party. Sanjay Rana, the tea vendor said, “I’ve been asked to be ready to host the event, but all arrangements will be taken care of by the party and the volunteers. They have not asked me to stalk any milk packets or snacks so far. They said they would arrive on Saturday morning and put up banners at the stall themselves.”
Commissioner of Police, Satish Sharma said, “We have received the application for the permission to hold the event. We are examining it to see if the permission can be granted. The decision will be taken by evening.”