| Workers construct the venue for Modi’s rally at Khanapara in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, Feb. 6: A replica of the phulam gamocha — a symbol of Assamese culture — will form the backdrop of the podium from where Narendra Modi will address Guwahatians on Saturday.
Over three lakh people are expected to attend the “Mahajagran Samabesh” to be addressed by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate at the Veterinary College playground in Khanapara.
Assam BJP general secretary Santanu Bharali told The Telegraph that the stage was being designed in a way that it reflected the culture and heritage of the state. Pictures of different communities of the state, lush green tea gardens and Assam’s pride — rhino — will also adorn the stage, he added.
Security has been stepped up for the rally.
A police source said a three-tier security ring would be thrown around the venue.
“In the three-tier security ring, the outer periphery will be manned by Assam police personnel and the second tier will be secured by Gujarat police commandos. The third-tier or close protection will be secured by 36 National Security Guards (NSG) and Gujarat police commandos,” he said.
“Apart from the security ring, police spotters will be deployed to ensure that access control is not breached at any cost during the event,” he said.
There will be a sterile zone (vacant area) to ensure a safe distance of Modi’s dais from the crowd and everyone entering the venue will be made to pass through metal detectors.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will also be installed at multiple locations.
A team from Gujarat police is co-coordinating the security arrangements with the state police.
Modi’s chopper will land at the Sarusajai sports complex from where he will reach the rally venue by road.
A team of senior police officers, including senior superintendent of police (city) A.P. Tiwari, visited the venue on Monday and reviewed the security arrangements.
Tiwari also interacted with BJP leaders on the security arrangements.
This will be Modi’s first visit to the city after his anointment as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
His last visit to the city was in January 2011 to attend the party’s national executive.
The police source said anti-sabotage checks were being carried out regularly at the venue and the bomb disposal squads were also been kept on a stand-by.
The state police are taking no chances, as there was bomb blasts just ahead of a rally Modi addressed in Patna on October 27 last year.
BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal said here today that at the rally, Modi would appeal to the people of Assam to make the state free of “fear, hunger and corruption” by voting for the BJP.
Santanu Bharali said 4,000 buses would be pressed into service to bring people to the rally and around 2,000 volunteers would be engaged for the rally.