1 L expected for Modi rally, including 25% minorities

PTI, PANAJI | 10 January 2014 14:11 IST

BJP has claimed that it has garnered "tremendous" response among various minority groups who have expressed their eagerness about attending Narendra Modi's rally here on Sunday.

"The response from minorities for Modi's rally is tremendous. Almost 25,000 or 25 per cent of the nearly one lakh people who have registered themselves for attending the rally belong to minority groups," state BJP spokesman Wilfred Mesquita told PTI last night.  

BJP's social engineering helped it wrest power from Congress in the state in 2012 when the saffron outfit fielded a number of minority candidates and the gamble paid off.            

Mesquita, a former revenue minister, said people wanted to be part of Modi's public meeting which will set the tone for campaigning in the coastal state for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.        

Gujarat Chief Minister Modi is the party's prime ministerial candidate for the polls which are to be held later this year.          

"It's not just about listening to Modi. That they can do at home by watching on television also. But here they want to be part of the political event," he said.


BJP is expecting about one lakh people to attend the rally, which organisers said was part of 100 such public meetings being organised across the country by the party in the run up to the general elections.            

The organisers are charging Rs 5 per ticket for the event. Apart from the general public, BJP workers who wish to attend the rally, too, would have to pay for entry.           

The rally, which is to be also attended by BJP President Rajnath Singh, is being held on an open ground located on the periphery of the city.      

BJP's desk in-charge for Goa, Smriti Irani, has also launched an online portal for workers to register while Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is touring more than 15 constituencies to create awareness about the rally and mobilise participation.  


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I was told that the Goa BJP has ordered for 25, 000 burqas and skull caps respectively.

Parrikar govt. is insensitive to deaths in Canacona and Ruby builders is one of the donors for the rally.

Parrikar Bhai with blessings Mody and Modi ( Narendrabhai and Jaydevbhai) will surely pull a large crowd. .... paisa bolta hai.

- Rajan Kamat, Mapusa | 12 th January 2014 09:49


After the long overdue crack down on gross misuse of the red beacon, may be its time the Supreme Court now also intervenes on the crores being squandered from the State exchequer on security cover being provided to politicians.

The Aam Aadmi Party has shown the right way in clamping down on police security to politicians. Hope they maintain this stand. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar after his swearing in ceremony on March 9th 2012 had also vowed that he did not require any police security. But within a few days it was business as usual. Politicians who for whatever reasons fear for their life should renounce public life and go in hibernation securing themselves with their private security.

The heavy police security being given to Narendra Modi is costing the tax payer crores of rupees. His “Vijay Sankalp” rally in Goa on January 12th will see this security cover in full force with Narendra Modi traveling in a bullet proof car. The arrangements for that rally itself is costing crores of rupees which has been all funded by the Casino, Mining and the builders lobby. This money would have brought the much needed relief to the victims of last week’s tragedy at Canacona instead of squandering it on the extravagant Modi rally. All this is besides the official government machinery grossly misused and the rights of those poor farmers at Merces high-handedly trampled on by misusing their fields without their consent.

Whatever tricks, gimmicks and manipulation the RSS pracharak Narendra Modi resorts to he will never ever become the Prime Minister of India. People are fully aware that he would be a disaster and doom for the country. Besides being the butcher of Godhra, there are many other compelling reasons why Narendra Modi should never be the Prime Minister of our great nation and take this country further down the tube.

- Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar | 12 th January 2014 09:26


It seems like Mr Parrikar ,is Narendra Modi`s new puppet...a Goan Puppet.

- N.Fernandes, London | 10 th January 2014 23:32


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