BJP seeks 14 special trains for Modi’s Bangalore rally

The BJP has requested the Railways to arrange 14 special trains to Bangalore from various locations for the November 17 mega rally of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Speaking to reporters, R Ashoka, former deputy chief minister and BJP incharge for the Modi rally, said the party had written to the Railways, seeking special trains for people attending the rally.

When contacted, Divisional Railway Manager Anil K Agarwal said the Railways was yet to receive any such memorandum. He said it may be difficult for the Railways to oblige as there is a shortage of coaches for such special trains.

On the security front, the government has decided to open a mobile police station at Palace Grounds, the venue of the rally, to ensure safety of those attending.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Modi would be given tight security, like the one accorded to the prime minister and President.

The BJP has decided to constitute 36 teams to ensure smooth passage of the ‘Victorious Bharat’ rally. The teams will look after issues like accommodation of guests, healthcare, food provisions for those attending the rally and also promotion of the rally.

The party will embark on a mobilisation drive on November 9 and November 10. On these two days, the party workers will be going on a door-to-door campaign to invite people for the rally. During the campaign, the party will distribute entry coupons to those who have paid the fee of Rs 10.

It is said that till date as many as two lakh coupons have been distributed. The party will set up special food counters, numbering 500, at the venue of the rally. Adequate number of fire engines and ambulances have also been requisitioned.

Review meeting

Siddaramaiah, who chaired a review meeting of senior police officers, directed the police to ensure that the rally passes off peacefully. He collected details about the steps taken by the Bangalore City police for the rally. He instructed various heads to ensure better coordination, said sources.

Bangalore City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar detailed the security steps taken by the police for Modi’s rally. Auradkar said they had secured sensitive and highly sensitive places, bus stands, railway stations, malls, IT offices and the Bengaluru International Airport, said sources.

He also wanted to know the crime rate and safety measures taken in Bangalore and other major cities like Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Gulbarga. He said the government was committed to modernise the police department by upgrading the facilities.

He directed the DCPs of Bangalore city to speed up and complete the investigation of long-pending cases. He stressed the need for decongesting major junctions in Bangalore, said sources. It was the second such meeting after Siddaramaiah took over as the chief minister.