The total space available for audience reduced whereas the service area behind main dais increased substantially
GUNTUR: The Telugu Desam Party is constructing the main dais at the venue of its much-hyped ‘Yuva Garjana’ rally almost in the middle of the 137 acres of available land abutting National Highway-all in the name of ‘vaastu’.
But its detractors in the Congress have started expressing doubts whether the Garjana organisers have developed cold feet over mobilising sufficient number of people to fill the sprawling venue and therefore reduced the total available space for the audience.
Whether it is ‘vaastu’ considerations or any other, the space available from the National Highway up to the IJM Township fencing for the ‘Yuva Garjana’ venue has got reduced whereas the service area behind main dais has increased substantially.
After leaving space for the mandatory security ‘D’ in front of the dais and some space reserved for the media, VVIPs and pathways between the two-layer barricading to abort any kind of stampede, there was hardly space for 7 to 8 lakh people going by TDP’s own estimates of accommodating 10,000 people in an acre.
TDP leaders Kagita Venkata Rao and Alapati Rajendra Prasad told The Hindu that there had been an increase in demand for more number of vehicles from villages to reach the venue for ‘Yuva Garjana’, but vehicles were not available and they were trying to arrange lorries. A majority of the constituency in-charge persons of the party were busy with arrangements and meetings in Guntur city, but they said their followers were taking care of mobilising people.
Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in-charge Madala Rajendra Prasad sought to explain it by saying nothing had been changed except for adhering to vaastu expert’s suggestion. “We are confident of mobilising enough number of people to fill the space and if there was some spill over, people will occupy the highway and adjoining vacant lands, though not cleared for the purpose,” he observed.