BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address his 100th election rally on Monday when he flies into Mumbai from Kalyan in Maharashtra.
Targeting the magic figure of 272, the halfway mark in a House of 543, Modi is criss-crossing the country and is scheduled to address 28 rallies until April 22. The programmes for the remaining days are yet to be finalised.
Sources said Modi and his close aide Amit Shah, along with a team comprising RSS and BJP cadres, are finalising his schedule and the top party leadership has not much role in deciding where the Gujarat chief minister will address his rallies.
Though no leader was willing to comment on Modi’s style of functioning, they said on condition of anonymity that Modi was relying on his close circle, including Shah and some Gujarat ministers, for feedback on critical issues. His team is collecting details from states where he is supposed to attend rallies.
After ascertaining the political situation in a particular region, Modi’s team finalises the venue and then gets the local unit to mobilise party machinery and crowd for the rallies. On an average, Modi is addressing four-to-five rallies and on some days, it goes up to six.
Modi’s gruelling campaign schedule is marketed by his supporters but opponents have questioned the source of funds.