PM Modi to address mega rally at BKC today, traffic police issues advisory

PM Modi to address mega rally at BKC today, traffic police issues advisory
The PM and Sena President Uddhav Thackeray will jointly address the gathering, or Jahir Sabha, at MMRDA ground in BKC from 6 pm to 8 pm (Representational Image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a mega rally at Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on Friday evening, three days before the city goes for polls in the fourth and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

The PM will address the gathering, or Jahir Sabha, at MMRDA ground in BKC from 6 pm to 8 pm today. The pre-poll rally is expected to be attended by thousands of party cadre and the general public.

The attendees will also include several senior leaders from the BJP, Shiv Sena and RPI. Sena President Uddhav Thackeray will also jointly address the rally along with the Prime Minister.

Sena is one of BJP’s oldest allies and an alliance partner in the State and Centre.

In wake of the large gathering, Mumbai Traffic Police has issued a traffic advisory for people travelling to or via BKC today. The traffic police will be blocking some roads and diverting traffic from others from noon to regulate traffic movement.

“In suppression of all orders previously issued, in order to prevent danger, obstruction, and inconvenience to the public, due to a ‘Jahir Sabha’ programme being organised by BJP, Shiv Sena and RPI in MMRDA ground near JSW building in Bandra (E), the following arrangements have been made for smooth regulation of vehicular traffic on the road,” it said.

According to a circular, issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Western Suburban), entry of vehicles from both sides of the road adjacent to MMRDA ground between Tata Power building and fire station building will be restricted till the rally ends.

Further, the entry on BKC road from NABARD junction to UTI building and Diamond Junction to Asian Heart Hospital junction will also be restricted. The restriction, however, will not apply to emergency vehicles.

Since the commercial hub houses several large offices, office goers are expected to be hit the most. However, many have already informed employees about the impending rally and the resultant traffic situation.

Maharashtra has 48 Lok Sabha seats, of which voting for 31 was held in the first three phases – April 11, 18 and 23. The remaining 17 constituencies will go for polls on April 29 and final counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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