Zee Media Bureau/Hemant Abhishek
Kanpur: Despite several hiccups, the rally of BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, is all set to take place on October 19, party members said on Sunday.
Surendra Maithani, BJP Kanpur President was quoted as saying that permits for the rally had been secured and Modi would indeed be addressing the city on October 19.
“We have got the permission for the rally,” Maithani said.
The rally was earlier shifted to October 20 from October 15, as the date was clashing with two religious festivals. It was then preponed to October 19 due to his busy schedule.
The party faced difficulties arranging a venue for the rally, in which three lakh people are expected to participate, with Railways denying permission to use a field in Nirala Nagar.
Railway authorities had denied permission saying the railway ground cannot be used for any political rally, Maithani said.
Chief of state unit of BJP Laxmikant Bajpai had constituted a 51-member committee for the rally preparations, Maithani said. Party general secretary Amit Shah will review the preparations for the rally.
According to Maithani, BJP will win all six seats in Kanpur if Modi starts his election campaign from here, as people will come from distant areas to listen to him speak.
Congress MP and Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has won Lok Sabha elections from Kanpur for last three times and is expected to win this time also.
BJP has not yet announced its Lok Sabha candidate from Kanpur. SP has announced stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava as its candidate, while BSP has nominated youth leader Salim Ahmed to contest the polls.