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Narendra Modi poised to be India`s next PM, BJP plans big celebrations

By Ajith Vijay Kumar | Last Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 17:39

Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar

New Delhi: With less than 24 hours left to go, the BJP machinery is working at a hectic pace to ensure that Narendra Modi`s big moment is celebrated in style.

The first clear trend on India’s general election verdict is expected to be clear by 11 am tomorrow. And, if the exit polls come true, then Modi would be the next Prime Minister. While party workers across the country - armed with crackers and sweets – will rejoice on the streets, official celebrations at party offices in Gandhinagar and Delhi are expected to be the most rapturous.

The man of the moment, Narendra Modi, who will be at his residence in the morning, may join the celebrations later and then proceed to Vadaodara to thank voters. He will later return to Ahmedabad to address a rally at 7 pm.
The action will shift to Delhi, and later to Varanasi, on May 17. Narendra Modi will arrive in the national capital at around 10 am on Saturday. Party leaders have planned to turn his journey from the airport to the party headquarters into a victory march.

Once at the BJP office, Modi will attend a meeting of the party`s highest decision making body, the parliamentary board.

The action will shift to the timeless city by the Ganges, Varanasi, in the afternoon when Modi will arrive to thank voters and take part in the `Ganga Aarti`. The move is seen as his vindication and an answer to the Election Commission, which had earlier barred his roadshow and late approval for the Aarti.

Undoubtedly, the city is likely to witness scenes similar to the ones that were on display the last two times he visited the city.

To add colour to the celebrations, a 20-foot giant electronic `lotus` will float on the Ganges. The lit spectacle will add dazzle to the moment when Modi will invoke `Maa Ganga` at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Arrangements are also said to be under way for a massive fireworks display on all the ghats of the temple town.

Besides the action on the ghats, party workers have planned victory processions in all the 90 municipal wards in the city. Reports also suggest that a visit to Kashi Vishwanath temple may be on Modi`s itinerary.

Main nahi aaya houn, Maa Ganga ne mujhe bulaya hain,” Modi had said when he was in Varanasi to file nomination.

As it is a near certainty that he will retain Varanasi as his parliamentary seat if he wins from the city, it will be time for him to serve `Maa Ganga`, at least restore the dignity of the mother...make Ganga clean.

First Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 13:19

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