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PM Modi to Address Massive BJP Rally in Bhopal; Traffic Diversions and School Closures in Effect

‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’: The mega rally will take place at Bhopal's Jamboree Maidan, with PM Modi's expected arrival at 11 AM.

By Rekha Joshi 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to make an appearance in Madhya Pradesh’s capital, Bhopal, today to address a large gathering of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. In preparation for Modi’s arrival, the Bhopal Police have implemented traffic diversions, resulting in the closure of several schools.

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The event, known as the ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh‘, coincides with the birth anniversary of Jana Sangh co-founder Deendayal Upadhyaya and serves as the official culmination of the BJP’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatras‘, which spanned the entire state. Party leaders have stated their ambition to draw a crowd of 10 lakh (1 million) people, showcasing the party’s strength.

To alleviate expected heavy traffic congestion due to road diversions, multiple schools have declared a holiday for the day. Parents were informed over the weekend about the school closures in light of the Prime Minister’s visit.

The mega rally will take place at Bhopal’s Jamboree Maidan, with Modi’s expected arrival at 11 am and a stay until 1 pm, as confirmed by the party’s MP unit chief, VD Sharma.

Election Battle: BJP vs. Congress

This event forms part of a series of five yatras initiated by the BJP earlier this month. BJP President JP Nadda inaugurated the first yatra in Chitrakoot, Satna, on September 3. The culmination of these yatras signifies the grand workers’ meeting in Bhopal on September 25, as noted by a party leader.

Madhya Pradesh is gearing up for a fierce political battle in the upcoming assembly elections, with the ruling BJP and the Congress locked in a competitive race. The confident BJP has unveiled its election slogan, “abki bar 150 par” (victory in more than 150 seats). In response, the Congress has launched a ‘Jan Akrosh Yatra’ in the state to highlight what they perceive as the “failures” of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led state government.

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In the 2018 assembly elections, the Congress secured 114 seats out of the 230 total seats, leading to the formation of a coalition government under Kamal Nath. However, the alliance faced a setback when, after 15 months, a group of Congress MLAs, led by Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is now a Union minister, defected to the BJP.

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