Bhubaneswar, Apr 16: It was Modi frenzy that gripped Bhubaneswar on Saturday. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here for the BJP National Executive meeting he was given a rousing welcome here by the people who were waiting for him.
The moment he alighted at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, he was greeted by the party leaders, workers and common people alike, most of them were youth to Janata Maidan, the venue of the meeting. The Prime Minister was so overwhelmed that setting aside all the security protocol, he stepped out of his bulletproof vehicle and walked into the crowd during his 9-km roadshow.
The Prime Minister stood up in his vehicle and waved at the crowd of people that lined up on the either side of the road. Defying the security cordon, he got off his vehicle a couple of times, walked up to people, greeted them and even shook hands with some of them.
Earlier, as the special IAF helicopter carrying the Prime Minister landed at the airport, thousands of BJP workers, who had been waiting for hours in the blazing sun, erupted in jubilation. Conches, drums and the traditional hulhuli (a celebratory ululation, usually performed by women on auspicious occasions) exploded as Prime Minister was received by Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior party leaders.
The BJP had planned the impressive road show to compensate for the absence of a public meeting which was ruled out given the scorching heat.
The entire 9.5 km stretch from Biju Patnaik International Airport to Janata Maidan was completely sanitised ahead of the Mr Modi’s arrival. Beyond the actual route of the convoy, almost the entire city was a sea of saffron with party flags and cut-outs of the Prime Minister.
BJP office bearers from districts with traditional dance troupes had taken position along the road show route and were in full swing as Mr Modi drove past. The party’s women’s wing accorded a traditional welcome to Mr. Modi near the Raj Bhawan where he had a brief halt.