Jayant Sinha with Narendra Modi
Hazaribagh, April 11: Led by sitting MP Yashwant Sinha, the Hazaribagh unit of BJP has begun hectic preparations for the April 15 rally of Narendra Modi, who will be visiting the district for the first time.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate will address a public meeting at Gandhi Maidan, Matwari, in the heart of Hazaribagh town in favour of party nominee from Hazaribagh constituency and Sinha’s son Jayant Sinha. The rally, which will kick off from 10am, was originally scheduled to take place on April 10, when Modi addressed another meeting in Jamshedpur, but was subsequently postponed to April 15 in view of Ramnavami.
Senior BJP leaders Manish Jaiswal and Shiv Shankar Prasad Gupta held a news conference on Friday to give details about the Gujarat chief minister’s high-profile visit.
“The Hazaribagh programme will be Modi’s only engagement in this state on April 15. He will fly in a chopper that will land at PTC grounds from where he will head straight to Gandhi Maidan. He will begin his speech at 10am and is expected to address the crowd for 45 minutes,” said Gupta.
“Opposition parties had spread rumours after the April 10 programme got deferred, saying that Modi would not visit Hazaribagh as he already knew that the BJP would lose here. But let me tell them that the rally is on and preparations have begun on a war footing. Our rivals will now get a fitting reply,” Jaiswal added.
The two further revealed that Modi was especially keen on visiting Hazaribagh given his close ties with Jayant.
“Jayant had worked in Modi’s team for two years (2012 and 2013). Hence, our prime ministerial candidate took personal interest in finalising the programme here even though the April 10 rally had to be cancelled. In fact, our sitting MP Yashwant Sinha is overseeing the arrangements for the April 15 meeting,” Gupta said.
Party workers and leaders had met at Rishab Vatika, Sinha’s residence at Demotand, last night to thrash out the nitty-gritty. Sinha reviewed the preparations and issued instructions to leaders about the works that needed to be done to ensure that there was no glitches on the big day.
BJP workers would double up as volunteers to manage the situation and keep everything in order at Gandhi Maidan. Former district president of BJP Rajkumar Lal agreed, saying that Jayant has a very good relationship with Modi.
“Modi’s visit will change the scenario and augur well for Jayant, who will win with a huge margin,” said another senior leader.
No wonder, the district unit of BJP is waiting to cash in on the opportunity.
Once the Modi rally gets over, Jayant and other senior leaders of the party will march down the streets to canvass support.