Kolkata: The poll-bound city of West Bengal is all prepped up to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Rajya Sabha MP, actor Mithun Chakraborty for today’s massive rally at Kolkata’s famed Brigade Parade Ground.
Though, the veteran actor had been noncommittal about his visit to the state, the party’s state in-charge Kailash Vijayavargiya yesterday met up with the star at his residence in the capital’s Belgachia locality.
“I have spoken with him (Mithun Chakraborty) over the telephone, he’s going to come today. I will be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him,” Mr Vijayavargiya said later.
It has also been claimed by many party insiders that today’s rally will be a star studded one as it will not only host the 70-year-old Mr Chakraborty but will also feature many folk artists and Tollywood actors among other important personalities. To accommodate these stars, two huge sets along with the 72-feet long main stage, have been set up, one for Tollywood actors and another for other important personalities. The two other stages are 48-feet length, 24-feet width and 7-feet height.
Modi’s today’s visit to West Bengal will be his first since the state’s Assembly poll dates were announced last week, although he has already been here at least three times in the past few months.
The responsibilities of this rally are being carried out by Mr Vijayavargiya and other BJP functionaries including National Vice-President Mukul Roy, General Secretary Sanjay Singh, and Rajya Sabha Swapan Dasgupta.
As per reports, over 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes, while, Drone cameras will be used to monitor the venue. The rally is reportedly expected to be attended by at least 7 lakh people. Three main barricades have been strategically placed toward the main stage for security purpose. A helipad has also been created at the Race Course near the Brigade Ground.
This is likely to be the first of Modi’s 20-odd rallies across the state in the run-up to the polls, said a BJP source. It comes a day after the party announced its first list of 57 candidates for the polls and two days after ruling Trinamool Congress announced its own 291 candidates, leaving three for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Elections to West Bengal’s 294-seat Assembly are scheduled to be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The results will be declared on May 2.