Atal Mega conclave

October 16 2018

With BJP avariciously looking to foray into Telengana, and at least in bravado saying that no party can form a government without it, the party decided to hold its mega conclave, opportunistically selling the name former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee in Secunderabad, but alas, where in the city? The party had planned to hold the three-day event in the Parade Ground. It has decided to bring some block level 50,000 workers from across the country.
The event was to be held between October 26 and 28. As per the original programme, the Bhumi Pujan to sanctify the venue was to be held on October 12 itself, so that progress could be speeded up. But till now the clearance for using the ground has not been received, for the ground falls within the Cantonment Area and the army’s prior written consent is a must. Sources say that Murlidhar Rao and the Yuva Morcha head Poonam Mahajan had been tasked with procuring permission and other clearances. For quite some time, the twosome have been doing the rounds of South Block and even met Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, but to no avail, despite her assurances. The file, we learn, is in a sort of musical chair, hopping from one officer to another. Meanwhile, the minister herself is hopping between Paris and New Delhi to douse the flames of the Rafale jet fighter scam. The army now wants to know that if the event is between October 26 and 28, why does the BJP need to lay its hands on the ground for a full fortnight before that. The party says massive arrangements need to be made, including power, water, sanitation and setting up of Swiss tents. On the other hand, the party had tried to book 12,000 Oyo Rooms, but so far only 2,500 have been made available. So what the BJP has failed to get from its own government is just one permission!

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