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Hear Modi loud & clear

Ranchi, Dec. 25: When Narendra Modi raises the battle cry at Dhurwa grounds during a rally on Sunday, the 1,100-plus loudspeakers and 24 life-size sound boxes will ensure that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate reaches out to one and all.

Elaborate acoustic arrangements, equivalent to 2.5 lakh watt, are being readied for NaMo’s debut rally in the state capital. As many as 40 bamboo poles will be erected at the venue and each will be fitted with 20 loudspeakers. The remaining 300 will be put up on the flanks and approaching roads.

Lucknow-based Tayal Sounds has bagged the work order. At Modi’s Bahraich rally in November, the same company had put up 400 loudspeakers and 10 sound boxes.

Interestingly, Tayal Sounds had offered its services to rival and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the later’s Adhikar Rally in Patna last year.

Asked how it feels to offer services to both Modi and Nitish, the humble 66-year-old proprietor of Tayal Sounds, Ramesh Chandra Tayal, said: “Hamien politics wolitiks se kya lena hai ji? Hum to businessman thehre (What relation do we have with politics? We are mere businessman).”

Tayal is hopeful that the BJP will rope him in for Modi’s next rallies too.

Though the owner refused to say how much the BJP paid him, an insider revealed it was nothing less than Rs 10 lakh.

Technicians are working on a war footing to complete installation by Thursday, as the ground is likely to be handed over to Modi’s Special Protection Group and central security agencies on Friday.

“So far 23, poles have been erected. We have hired three trucks for carrying the machines and cable wires,” said 65-year-old head technician Ram Naresh Pathak.

On Sunday, Pathak and co-worker Ram Lakhan will be in-charge of the acoustics.

So, how far will NaMo be heard? “That depends on the speaker, and the area. No matter what, everything will be crystal clear within 2km of the venue,” Pathak explained.

Asked about the need for such elaborate arrangements, BJP leader and in-charge of the rally Sanjay Seth argued, “Not less than three lakh people will turn up. Lakhs will be on roads. I think more should have been added.”

Grabbing the chance, the Congress accused BJP of adding to noise pollution.

“Political pollution ke saath sound pollution bhi faila rahe hain,” said Congress state president Sukhdeo Bhagat.

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