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Stage set for Modi rally in Patna today

A 20-feet platform has been set up for Modi.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
October 27, 2013 12:32:41 am

As the BJP has painted Patna saffron ahead of Narendra Modi’s Hunkar Rally Sunday,the JD(U) is bracing to hold two back-to-back political meetings — first the party’s October 28-29 Rajgir convention and the second on October 30 where top JD(U) leaders will share the dais with the Left and some regional parties,including the SP and AIADMK.

The BJP’s build-up to the ‘Hunkar rally’,through voice calls,SMSes,public meetings and road shows,culminated on Saturday with party co-incharge Dharmendra Pradhan elaborating on the final touches to the rally. Besides Modi,the rally will also be addressed by party president Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.

A 20-feet platform has been set up for Modi and other top leaders,whereas another platform would be used by MLAs and senior party functionaries. Sources said over three lakh NaMocaps and banners have been brought to Patna. The BJP raised apprehensions about the state government “trying to create obstacles”. The party also accused the Patna administration of removing banners. The party has hired 11 special trains and 3,000 buses to bring in people for the rally.

Meanwhile,sources said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked all top party functionaries to move towards Rajgir from Sunday for a two-day convention. He will address the concluding session on October 29.

JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said: “It is true that Rajgir convention will be a matter of our political posturing. The meeting will see JD(U) and Nitish Kumar emerge as sole custodian of anti-communalism in Bihar”. Tyagi,however,denied the party would make any announcement of a tie-up with Congress at Rajgir.

Tyagi said: “We are concentrating on October 30 Delhi meeting of all four Left Parties,JD(U),BJD,SP and AIDMK and some other regional parties. Nitish Kumar will share dais with Left leaders after 17 years. Our attempt is distance parties like RJD and LJP from possible third front”.

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