It is seen as a prelude to the campaign for next general elections in the State

Stage is set for arrival of two much-talked about national leaders – Congress Campaign Committee Chief Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s Prime Ministerial nomine Narendra Modi – to address public rallies as a prelude to the high voltage campaign for next general elections in the State.

While Mr. Gandhi is scheduled to hit the campaign trail right soon after his landing at Biju Patnaik Airport on Sunday, Mr. Modi would address a public meeting at Bhubaneswar where his party unit is expecting lakhs of people on February 11.

Visit to start at airport

Programme of Congress vice president’s visit has undergone several modifications during last 24 hours. Mr. Gandhi would start his roadshow right from the airport to Bhatapada in Cuttack district – the venue of his public meeting. In the afternoon, he would meet party’s minority cell members at Bhubaneswar. As per the tentative programme, the Gandhi scion would interact with selected media persons at Bhubaneswar on Monday, besides holding discussions with party’s office bearers. Throughout the day, top leaders of State Congress remained busy in meetings to make the visit incident-free and ensure the visit’s message reaches different corners of the State.

Police personnel have already been deployed at Bhatapada ahead of Mr. Gandhi’s visit. A team of Special Protection Group inspected the ground and took input from State Police to assess threat perception. At BJP’s office near Ram Mandir Square, members of youth wing of party were briefed about their role during the mega rally planned on February 11, a day after Mr. Gandhi’s departure from the State.

TV screens

According to BJP organisers, television screens and sound boosting devices would be installed along roads leading to Mr. Modi’s rally at Baramunda Ground. To maintain a tempo in the run up to the mega rally, BJP workers put up big hoardings featuring picture of Gujarat Chief Minister. Tea stalls were opened at many places.

Commissioner of Police R. P. Shrama remained in touch with top leadership of both Congress and BJP to prevent any untoward incidents during visits of two honchos of current Indian political scene.

  • Rahul wil interact with select media persons at Bhubaneswar

  • BJP workers put up big hoardings featuring picture of Modi