I-Day: For aam aadmi, BJP sets up enclosure for 10,000 at Red Fort

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 9 2014, 17:39pm hrs
Even as Narendra Modi gets ready for his first Independence Day address as Prime Minister, the BJP is making arrangements to accommodate at least 10,000 spectators at the Red Fort on the morning of August 15.

Projecting the event as common mans participation in the celebration of the Independence Day, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned. Party members are working with security agencies and government departments to make arrangements for what they believe will be the largest ever gathering at the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Senior leaders, who met officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to plan for the big day, said the earlier regime had made it impossible for the common man to participate in the celebrations. But this time, the leaders said, a government machinery had been put in place to accommodate more than 10,000 people.

A separate enclosure has been put up for 10,000 people. To ensure easier access to the Red Fort, we have asked DMRC to begin Metro services from 4.30 am. We have met DTC officials too. Feeder buses will be made available for those participating in the celebrations, BJP leader Mira Agrawal said.

Before the Lok Sabha elections, Modi had addressed a rally in Chandni Chowk where he had asked people for a mandate that would enable him to address the nation from the Red Fort. Now, BJP leaders believe that they should make all arrangements so that Modi can keep his promise.

Traditionally, since 1947 till the Emergency, people were always a part of the function. People from all strata thronged to the Red Fort to hear the Prime Ministers speech. But the tradition was discontinued citing security reasons. People want to join (celebrations), Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.

Kapoor had written to the PM in July, asking for permission to allow the common people to be a part of the celebrations this year.