Inside BJP's biggest-ever Vijay Sankalp (victory pledge) rally in Changsari, Assam

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Inside BJP's biggest-ever Vijay Sankalp (victory pledge) rally in Changsari, Assam

Chetan Bhattarai | February 08, 2019 19:12 hrs

The Assam unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all geared-up to display its strength on 9th February with a rally titled ‘Vijay Sankalp Mahaganasamabesh’ to be held in Guwahati.

The chief guest is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will attend an official function of initiating the works for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari and then will address the party's biggest-ever rally in the northeast. 

“It is a historic political rally for the first time in the history of Assam. No other party in the state has organised such a massive rally before,” said a top BJP functionary.

As per BJP, a total of over 3,00,000 BJP workers will attend the rally. Unlike most of political rallies where the crowd is gathered from different locations, this rally will mainly have BJP supporters from the ten legislative assembly constituencies of the Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency. Mobilisation is on in full swing and the rally will see people from assembly constituencies of Dudhnai (ST), Boko (SC), Chaygaon, Palasbari, Jalukbari, Dispur, Guwahati East, Guwahati West Hajo and Barkhetri.

Adding to it will be supporters and party functionaries from all the 39 organizational districts of the party. Three trains with a capacity of 3,500 each will come from Lumding, Jonai and Badarpur.

There will be simultaneously ten motorcycle rallies (2,000 from each MLA constituency) moving towards the rally grounds at Changsari and will see over twenty thousand two-wheelers take part in it. Also, motorcycles will arrive from nearby places like Sipajhar, Mangaldai, Nalbari and Rangiya.

The state BJP's objective behind the ‘Vijay Sankalp Mahaganasamabesh’ is not only to sound the poll bugle but also to demonstrate its organizational strength in the northeast. As per top party functionaries the rally has been organised to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his generosity towards Assam and the northeastern region.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his current tenure, has taken active steps to provide sufficient funds for the holistic development of Assam. He will officially announce projects worth Rs 37,000 crores for Assam. Some of them have been announced and some will be done during the rally. We are organising this rally to thank him and also to motivate our workers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with a Vijay Sankalpa (victory pledge),” stated general secretary, Dilip Saikia.

The massive rally will see 3,000 volunteers in the field who will coordinate and see that the rally carries on smoothly. The rally will be held in an open area and there will be more than one lakh chairs for people to sit. It will commence from 11:00 AM and the motorcycles will arrive by 10:00 AM.

“We will have over 2,00,000 people just from the Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency and the rest from nearby locations. There will be around 20,000 people from other parts of the state. The rally will witness more than 3,00,000 people for sure. Twenty two departments have been set up for coordination and is looked after by Prasanta Phukan, Pijush Hazarika, Ashok Singhal and Diplu Ranjan Sarma,” said Saikia.

The mobilization of workers is being been done by general secretaries Dilip Saikia, Mriganka Barman and minister, Bhabesh Kalita.

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