Saffron party withdraws Rs-5 fee for Modi rally

Saffron party withdraws Rs-5 fee for Modi rally

Stunned by the Congress’ gibes, the BJP has decided not to impose Rs 5 entry fee for next month’s youth rally in Hyderabad to be addressed by the head of its election campaign and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

“Entry for the August 11 Yuva Sammelan is free and tickets are not compulsory. Those who want to donate for Uttarakhand victims can contribute from Rs 5 onwards,” said Andhra Pradesh BJP unit chief G Kishan Reddy.

The saffron party has booked the Lal Bahadur Stadium in the city for the youth rally with its Andhra Pradesh unit expecting one lakh people for the event.
Party leaders initially said that youngsters would not mind paying to hear Modi, given the Gujarat leader’s “immense popularity.”

“While other political parties shell out money to get audience for their rallies, here is a case where the youth of the state are willing to buy tickets to listen to their favourite leader. This is the extent of Modi's charisma. And, we are trying to drive home this point,” Kishan Reddy had said.

However, with the process of booking the seats for the rally already began on the internet, the party has said that attendees can donate Rs 5 for relief of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The rally, aimed at addressing the issues of the youth, was originally planned for July 27 but was postponed due to the Panchayat polls in the state.

The state BJP leaders said that it would be Modi’s first public meeting in South India after taking over as the national campaign head and it would signal the party’s campaign for the 2014 elections.

Seeking to project Modi as the youth icon, the party leaders have been making hectic preparations for the rally by putting up hoardings in the Telangana districts around Hyderabad to attract the crowd.  

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