BJP galvanises people for Modi’s December 15 rally in Dehradun
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The BJP state unit, eyeing the five Uttarakhand Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 elections, is leaving no stone unturned to make Narendra Modi's Dehradun rally a success. The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls will address the rally along with BJP national president Rajnath Singh on December 15.
Fresh from its success in four states, the BJP is looking at wresting seats held by the Congress. The Congress had won all the seats in 2009.
To make the rally at parade ground a success, the BJP Uttarakhand unit engaged several leaders including former chief ministers. Among them are B C Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank who will galvanise people to attend the rally.
"They have been allotted specific areas to hold meetings in different lok Sabha seats," said BJP's state president Tirath Singh Rawat. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Bhatt is mobilizing people in Almora. Mala Rajya Lakshmi Shah, who wrested Tehri Loka Sabha seat from the Congress in the by-election, has already toured her constituency. On December 13-14, senior leaders will together tour areas around Dehradun.
LED TV screens will be installed at the venue. BJP expects more than three lakh people to hear Modi's speech. "The parade ground can accommodate about one lakh people. We will install big TV screens in the vicinity of the rally ground," a BJP leader said. BJP sources said Modi— he had been facing criticism for distorting facts in his speeches — has done his homework for the rally. "He wanted a list of local issues which has potential to affect the Lok sabha polls. He had visited Dehradun during mid-June disaster (floods). He wanted an update on rehabilitation works undertaken by the state government after the mid-June disaster," a source in the BJP office said.