Biswendu Bhattacharjee, Udaipur (Tripura), Apr 7: A 19 years old Rahul Reang, a first-time voter of Shantibazar constituency in South Tripura has led hundred of tribal villagers from remote Puticherri hamlet to Prime Minister’s election rally at Sports Complex here early in the morning.
According to the program, Modi is scheduled to address the rally at around 1400 hrs but Rahul reached the spot along with the villagers at around 0800 hrs that appeared to be a problem for the security men to allow them inside the rally ground, as security apparatus were not ready.
A policeman at the gate prevent the team and asked them to wait till clearance has been given by the Special Protection Group (SPG) who had taken over the charge of ground from yesterday. The policeman tried to convince the rally hoppers that the security protocol of VVIP’s rally like Prime Minister doesn’t permit open entry and exit of the people because of security reasons that made them little disappointed.
“We have been asked to come early and occupy the seat in front raw if wish to see Modiji closely and clearly. We assembled in a school ground at 0530 in the morning along with family members and children. We contributed personally for the arrangement of refreshment for us early in the morning through a local vendor and reached fast to occupy best seats in the ground but still not allowed to get in,” Rahul told UNI.
He said, “My grandmother Punyalaxmi Reang (73) had fortunate to see Indira Gandhi closely and shake hand during her prime ministership at Agartala Assam Rifles ground. The same instinct of mind prompted my grand mom to join us early in the morning to see Modi from a close distance and if get a chance to shake hand with the present prime minister. Though we are not allowed inside, we are first in a queue at the entry gate.”
Rahul has appeared higher secondary exam completed last month and enrolled this year as a voter. But he has been a fan of Narendra Modi. “I became Modi’s fan three years ago when first listened to his Mon Ki Bat broadcast in radio on human potential of India. The speech was so encouraging for me – I went to repeat the same to my friends in the school and in the village. Gradually, the local BJP leaders offered me to work for them before last year assembly election though I was not a voter and I did campaign for BJP,” Rahul stated.
As soon as the party entrusted him the responsibility to accompany the villagers of Puticherri to PM’s rally, Rahul personally visited almost all 154 families of the village with the invitation of Modi’s rally. Responding to his call as many as 167 people including ladies and children gathered in the village this morning to come to Modi’s rally and he arranged refreshment for all and brought all of them in the ground first.
The historical city Udaipur has been decorated with saffron flags and festoons to offer a rousing welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his brief visit for the election campaign. Besides, mobilization of hundreds of men in uniform to ensure flawless security of Modi’s rally, thousands of people lined up in both side of the roads between Chandrapur helipad to Sports Complex to welcome the prime minister.
Narendra Modi arrived here behind the schedule by a special aircraft of Indian Air Force from Siliguri after addressing an election rally at Cooch Behar of West Bengal. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb accompanied by top party leaders and his cabinet colleagues welcomed him at MBB airport in Agartala. From there he will fly to Chandrapur helipad by air force chopper to address the election rally and he is scheduled to fly back after lunch. (UNI)