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NaMo raths selling Modi merchandise attract crowds at Prime Minister’s rallies

BJP publicity material are kept for sale on a Namo Merchandise Rath at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on March 29, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

T-shirts, pens, badges and masks — embellished with Narendra Modi’s catchy messages — are on sale, wherever the Prime Minister goes, NaMo Raths follow him. So, you have T-shirts being sold anywhere between ₹499 and ₹899, and other knick-knacks costing ₹150, going up to ₹500.

That’s for anyone who wants to see and hear Mr. Modi at his rallies. All of it was evident in Meerut on March 28 when he formally launched BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign. The party expects to raise people’s involvement by cashing in on the Prime Minister’s popularity.

Mr. Modi was scheduled to address the party rally in the Uttar Pradesh city at 11 a.m., but by then scores of people had already lined up before the NaMo Rath to buy whatever was on sale — all in Modi’s name.

BJP publicity material are kept for sale on a NaMo Merchandise Rath at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on March 29, 2019.

BJP publicity material are kept for sale on a NaMo Merchandise Rath at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on March 29, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

 

People wore them at the rally as they enthusiastically cheered Mr. Modi. Many youths were seen sitting in the front row wearing NaMo merchandise and waiting for TV cameras to capture their support for Mr. Modi.

Days ahead of Mr. Modi’s rally, two saffron-coloured mini-trucks with huge photographs of Mr. Modi went to various places across Meerut and Muzaffarnagar to sell the merchandise.

The BJP has already made it clear that the money collected from the exercise will be donated to the ‘Namami Gange’ project aimed at cleaning the river.

“Today, NaMo Rath is in Meerut, India!! Use this chance to show your love for NaMo and shop your favourite NaMo Merchandise!,” said a tweet on the NaMo Merchandise handle.

BJP leaders said that NaMo Raths will ensure better connect with vote₹

“People wear them as an expression of support for Modi. At his rally, people wear the merchandise as a reflection of their enthusiasm for him,” a party leader said.

Many opposition leaders see it as a cheap means of selling the party to an uninterested voter. Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: They didn’t do anything in the last five years to provide jobs to the youth. But the BJP is adept in running its shop.”


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