BJP to roll out 250 Narendra Modi raths in Bihar

PATNA (TIP): Now the tele-image of BJP’s poster boy cum PM pick Narendra Modi (NaMo) would begin to stalk anytime soon all the 40 parliamentary seats in Bihar over the next 50 days, as 250 specially designed vehicles, called ‘NaMo raths’, each fitted with LED screen and GPS system, would move in the state, stopping at 1,000 select points every day, to show a documentary on his rise from “tea vendor to PM candidate.”

As many as 116 ‘NaMo raths’ were ready for flagging off from the Gait Public Library ground in Gardanibagh locality, but for the spanner thrown by the district administration on Friday. Their movement has been planned as per the six-phase poll schedule announced for the state. “Every vehicle would stop at four points a day. So, 250 raths would facilitate 50,000 meetings in the next 50 days.

Now, they would be released as and when the Patna district administration gives its clearance,” said state BJP chief Mangal Pandey on Friday. The raths would cover most of the towns, 8,463 panchayats and around 56,000 villages. They are expected to accentuate the curiosity of people about NaMo and BJP’ Mission 2014 pegged to replacing the UPA at the Centre. The 25-minute documentary on the profile of NaMo would be shown at every stop, followed by around 40-minute brief speeches by BJP leaders on the rath to turn it into a public meeting.

The movement of every rath would be tracked from the party’s state headquarters, while a party worker on it would feed the state HQ with details about every such meeting through his mobile phone. Mangal Pandey said, “If the administration tries to obstruct their (raths’) release by invoking laws and Acts, it will lead to serious problems. We don’t think that rules are being violated. It is the biggest mass contact programme that we have planned to unleash,” Pandey added.

Incidentally, on Friday morning, a contingent of police personnel and magisterial officials swooped on the Gait Public Library ground, alleging violation of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act. Former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said, the officials told party that the MV Act had been violated, because the bodies of vehicles had been changed without permission from the administration. “The charge made by them was infantile.

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The change made in the bodies of the vehicles is temporary, but the explanations given had no effect,” Modi said. Leader of opposition in the state assembly Nand Kishore Yadav described the stance of the administration as “hitting BJP below the belt” on behalf of CM Nitish Kumar. Incidentally, on Saturday, coinciding with the celebration of International Women’s Year, NaMo’s address on women’s empowerment, delivered from Gujarat, would be relayed from the LED screens at 102 places in all the subdivisional towns in Bihar, as part of second instalment of his ‘chai pe charcha’ programme.

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