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PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 18:08 IST India

BJP yet to receive permission for deplying drone at Shah's


Kolkata, Aug 10 (PTI) BJP is yet to receive permission

from Kolkata Police to deploy a drone to monitor the security

arrangements at Amit Shah's rally in the city tomorrow, the

party's leadership said today.

The saffron party, wary after a tent collapsed at

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Midnapore rally in July, have

also urged to the police to allow the use of walkie-talkies by

party workers during Saturday's rally at Mayo Road in the

heart of the heart, they said.

As a safety measure the state BJP leadership has

appointed a decorator from Jharkhand to prepare the venue for

Amit Shah's Saturday rally.

According to state BJP sources unlike the Midnapore

rally, the party this time is not building any make shift tent

for its supporters who will participate in the rally.

"We are yet to receive any communication or permission

from the police allowing the deployment of drone at the rally

venue," BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu said.

Three decorators have been appointed to prepare the

stage and the venue for the programme, he said adding two of

the three are from Kolkata and one from Jharkhand.

"They are looking into the aspect of preparing the

stage and venue," Basu said.

No comment has been made by Kolkata Police on

deployment of drone so far.

A senior state BJP leader said the Jharkhand-based

decorator has a long experience in organising structures for

mega rallies and functions including government programmes.

Well trained party volunteers will also be deployed at

the venue to control the crowd, he said.

"A team of leaders and office bearers from Delhi are

in the city to look after the arrangements so that everything

is in order," he said.

The state unit of the BJP had on Wednesday asked the

city police to grant permission to fly a drone for mass

surveillance during Shah's Saturday rally.

The drone is essential as lakhs of people are

expected to gather at the rally site. So from the security

point of view a drone is a necessity, BJP national general

secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said yesterday.

A BJP delegation led by Vijayvargiya and P Murlidhar

Rao and other state-level leaders visited the rally venue

yesterday and took stock of the preparations.

Over 90 people were injured on July 16 after a section

of a tent caved in during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's

speech at a public rally in West Bengal's Midnapore district.




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