Assembly elections in five states may affect BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s date with Bangalore.
The mega convention of the BJP workers scheduled to be held on November 16 is likely to be deferred by a few days as the state BJP leaders are yet to get a clear picture of Modi’s schedule for the state next month. However, the BJP leadership is working overtime to ensure that it should be the mother of all rallies the state has seen.
“We are hoping to ensure a turnout of more than five lakh people for the rally even with a most conservative estimate of at least 10 party workers from each of the 52,000 polling booths in the state,” BJP state general secretary C T Ravi said, adding it would be open for public too. Though the party plans to charge an entry fee of `10 for the rally as it was done in Bhopal and Hyderabad, no final decision has been taken in this regard.
“The party core committee meeting on Wednesday will take a decision on the date and venue of the rally and also whether to fix any entry fee for the NaMo rally,” Ravi said.
Party workers had been directed to be ready to begin the registration process for the rally by collecting the entry fee and issuing the ticket in their respective localities, if the party decides to fix an entrance fee for the rally. It would also make arrangements for online registration to attend the rally.
Party state president Prahlad Joshi too stated that the date for the rally maybe changed depending on Modi’s schedule by a few days. Campaigning for the Assembly elections in five states would get top priority. “All the issues related to the rally would be discussed on Wednesday,” Joshi told Express.
On the venue, Ravi said National College grounds is ruled out as it is too small. “Even Palace Grounds will not be appropriate as such a mammoth rally would throw life in the heart of the city out of gear and would cause huge inconvenience for the people. So in all probability, Dobbspet on Tumkur Road is being considered as a better option. But no final decision has been taken yet,” Ravi said. The state leaders of the party have pinned hopes on the rally to get the adrenalin flow among the party workers, whose morale has taken a hit after the debacle in Assembly elections and the split in the party engineered by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Silence on Kumble
Joshi rubbished reports of former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble entering electoral battle from Bangalore South constituency in Lok Sabha elections donning BJP colours.
“It (report) is baseless. Nobody from the BJP has met Kumble to discuss Lok Sabha elections. Party national general secretary Ananth Kumar will continue to be the party’s candidate in the t Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South,” Prahlad Joshi added.