Patna Prepares for Prime Minister’s Rally at Gandhi Maidan

Preparation at Gandhi Maidan for Narendra Modi's speech on March 3.

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Patna: Preparation for the much-hyped rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan was going full steam on Thursday as the NDA leaders in Bihar prepare for the ‘Sankalp Rally’ that will essentially sound the bugle for the commencement of the canvassing phase of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Workers were seen setting up platforms and the dais from where Modi will deliver his speech on March 3 in the presence of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal – U leaders including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who would be appearing side by side with the Prime Minister for the first time since 2010 when the two had appeared together at a campaign rally in Punjab.

Senior police officials including Patna District Magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Garima Malik were seen reviewing security arrangement at the Gandhi Maidan on Thursday morning.

With the serial bomb blasts during Modi’s Hunkar Rally in 2013 that left many dead and scores injured still fresh in mind, police are not leaving anything to chance and are making sure there is absolutely no slip in the security details where more than a lakh people are expected to gather to hear the PM speak.

Meanwhile, public entrance to the Gandhi Maidan has already been banned ahead of the March 3 rally. The administration has already closed all the gates of the Maidan except for Gate Number 1 that is being used to bring in materials required for a public meeting of this magnitude.

A temporary police station has also been set up in the Maidan that will have one inspector and 20 constables to monitor situation and to keep anti-social elements at bay.

More than 4000 cops will be deployed in and around Gandhi Maidan during the Prime Minister’s presence this Sunday as security has also been beefed up at all bus stations, railway stations, and Patna Airport. Armed policemen will also keep close eyes on the Ganges where no private boats will be allowed to anchor.

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