Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Party is leaving no stone unturned ahead of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 'Hunkar rally' in Patna on Sunday. It's a rally of gigantic proportions and logistics.
The BJP has installed hundreds of NaMo tea stalls across Bihar to highlight Modi's humble background. Modi crackers have been introduced into the market. More than 14 trains and 3,000 buses have been booked. Hotels in Patna have been blocked en masse. The BJP has installed 10 food stalls in Patna to provide free food packets to over 10 lakh expected visitors.
At the Gandhi Maidan, a huge steel stage has been erected with a 30-foot-long electronic screen. Thirty screens will dot the ground to ensure that even those sitting at a distance get a clear view of the stage.
Modi may not understand Bhojpuri himself but these days his Bhojpuri CDs are being played at every tea stall in Bihar marketing the BJP's much hyped 'Hunkar rally', to be held at Patna's historic Gandhi Maidan on Sunday. It's the BJP's first mega show in the state after the Janata Dal United ended their 17-year-old alliance.
Neeraj Kumar, Head of BJP Technical Cell, said, "As BJP is seen as a party with a difference, this would be a rally with a difference".
He added, "There will be call alerts for Modi's speech. People can call and listen to his speech free of cost." Another BJP leader Giriraj Singh said we want everyone to be able to see Modi and listen to his speech.
Team Modi is making all efforts to turn BJP's 'Hunkar rally' into a mega show of strength. Booking 1000s of buses, trains and optimum use of technology to mobilise crowd, playing Bhojpuri numbers and tongas, which strikes instant chord with the masses. The party's political opponents are, however, calling it a ugly display of wealth.
JD(U) spokesperson Dr Ajay Alok said, "The way they are spending money is nothing but a corporate rally. Income Tax should take a note of it".
Giriraj Singh hit back saying, "It is not a corporate rally. It will be a big rally enough for people to remember."
Senior party leaders from Bihar - 12 MPs and 91 MLAs have fanned out across the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state to build momentum. After all, Modi was kept out of bounds in the 17 years in which the BJP and the JDU were partners.