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As BSP chief Mayawati took the centrestage at the Sector 25 ground,a wave of joy erupted among thousands of party workers.

As BSP chief Mayawati took the centrestage at the Sector 25 ground,a wave of joy erupted among thousands of party workers who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of their leader on Sunday. Scorching heat seemed to have no impact on her supporters who had thronged the ground from Punjab,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

To ferry the party workers,trucks,buses and cars were put into service. With the entry of vehicles not allowed on the road just in front of the rally ground,slots for parking were demarcated at a distance from the venue. The workers having parked the vehicles at these places,walked in groups to the rally ground. It seemed like a sea of people on the road.

Posters of Mayawati and founder of the party,late Kanshi Ram dotted the road leading to the venue. Party flags and banners were put up on the poles. The party claimed to have put up one of the biggest tents ever put up for a rally. Amid heavy police presence the party workers entered the venue.

As Mayawati arrived at the venue,people jostled to see her. Party flags were waved and the workers hailed their leader. The preparations for the convention had been started almost a month ago with several senior leaders camping in the city to oversee the arrangements. The installation of the tent began on May 7. While the weather had played spoilsport a few days before the event,the preparations still went on.

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Arrangements were also in place in case of a medical emergency. A team of doctors was deputed at the entrance. Party leaders informed the crowd that doctors from Punjab and Haryana were present at the spot. Family members of the party leaders could also be seen at the venue.

What else
AC tent for Maya,coolers for aam aadmi

The BSP put up a tent measuring 2.5 lakh sq feet. While water coolers were provided for workers,the pandal where Mayawati was sitting had five air-conditioners installed. Five LED screens were also installed so that the workers could have an unobstructed view of the proceedings.

Beeline for Maya’s feet

When Mayawati reached the stage,most of the co-ordinators and the MPs present there rushed to touch her feet and seek her blessings.

Gifts of gold,silver


Mayawati was gifted with a silver elephant,the symbol of the party. Convenor of the Chandigarh unit Haffiz Anwar-ul-Haq presented her with a gold crown.

No safe playing

As the rally ended there was a scramble to catch hold of the party flags. Some of the flags were put up on electricity poles quite near the loose wires with scant regard for safety.

First published on: 30-05-2011 at 12:37:35 am
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