Narendra Modi arrives in Hyderabad to launch BJP poll campaign

Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party poll panel chief Narendra Modi arrived here on Sunday to kick-start party’s election campaign by holding a mega rally ahead of the upcoming 2014 General Elections in the city.

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2013, 15:45 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Hyderabad: Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll panel chief Narendra Modi arrived here on Sunday to kick-start party’s election campaign by holding a mega rally ahead of the upcoming 2014 General Elections in the city.

Modi is expected to address around one lakh people and security in the city has been beefed up ahead of his rally "Nava Bharat Yuva Bheri" (New India`s Youth Conclave).

This will be Modi’s first rally in the city since the announcement of bifurcation of the state and formation of Telangana.

Modi arrived by a special aircraft at Begumpet Airport shortly after 10 am and drove to Park Hyatt Hotel. State BJP president G Kishan Reddy and senior leaders Bandaru Dattatreya, Vidyasagar Rao and others welcomed him.

The BJP leader will unveil a statue of Vallabhbhai Patel at the Keshav Memorial School later in the day. He will also address BJP office-bearers before leaving Hyderabad at 9 pm.

Police have refused permission to BJP leaders who wanted to take out processions to L.B. Stadium. Security arrangements are in place to prevent protests by groups opposed to Modi`s visit.

BJP leaders said the stadium has a capacity of 75,000 people, but over 90,000 have registered online. Twelve LED screens would be installed outside the stadium for those who are unable to go inside.

“On my way to Hyderabad - I can feel the enthusiasm of the Youth already. Looking forward to Nava Bharat Yuva Bheri!”, Modi had tweeted on Sunday morning.

The party has decided to charge Rs 5 from anyone who wants to attend the rally. The money will reportedly be donated for the rehabilitation of the flood victims in Uttarakhand.

Modi`s rally was originally scheduled for July 27 but was postponed to August 11 in view of the Gram Panchayat elections.

Interestingly, the BJP is promoting the event as a "youth rally" targeting a demographic of 18-40.

(With IANS Inputs)