STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 15 July
Huge cutouts and hoardings of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP campaign committee chairman Narendra Modi in the backdrop of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabadhra and Goddess Subadhra have sprung up at various points of the city to greet him when he arrives here tomorrow for a ‘personal and religious’ visit.
Though the state unit of the BJP has said it is a personal visit to seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath, yet, it has made elaborate arrangements to mark the occasions and galvanise party cadre. A couple of days after his barb on the Congress adorning the ‘burqa of secularism’, Modi will be on a trip to Puri to seek the blessings of Lord Jagannath and call on Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singh Deo as well as Sankaracharya Swami Nischilananda Saraswati.
Modi will fist visit Sakhigopal and pay his respects to the pancha sakha before proceeding to Gundicha Temple , Puri to offer prayers to the trinity. He will then visit the Jagannath Temple. After meeting Mr Singh Deo and the Sankaracharya, he will informally meet state BJP leaders at Puri, said the party here today. Security in and around the temple town has been beefed up. The route has been sanitised, said police sources. The enthusiasm among party workers was visible as everyone seemed to be busy setting up posters and banners. Modi masks too have been distributed to party workers.