Security beefed up ahead of PM Modi's visit in Lucknow
Authorities said despite the security, every effort was on to ensure that the citizen did not face any problem due to the extra precautions taken.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit Lucknow to attend the Dussehra celebration, the authorities have beefed up security arrangement in the Uttar Pradesh's capital ahead of his arrival.
They have deployed companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF). Apart from these security arrangements, traffic has also been diverted and security set in place for the high-profile event set to take place in the Aishbagh locality.
"Traffic diversions were put in place and commuters were informed in advance of the change in movement," an official told news agency IANS.
Inspector General of Police (Lucknow) A. Satish Ganesh said despite the security, every effort was on to ensure that the citizen did not face any problem due to the extra precautions taken.
According to the convener of today's event, city Mayor and BJP national Vice President Dinesh Sharma, PM Modi would be witnessing the 'Ravan Vadh' during the Ram Leela programme.
People who would take party in the Dussehra celebration were also the main ground between 3.30 pm and 4 pm. Beyond that all entries would be stopped.
PM Modi along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Ram Naik and the minister representing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would attend the event.
Following an 'aarti' of the actors essaying the mythological characters, PM Modi and Rajnath Singh would address the gathering.
According to organisers, PM Modi would be gifted with a rare portrait of Hindu poet-saint Goswami Tulsidas and a copy of Ram Charit Manas among others. They also said that the event would be broadcast live.
The Ram Leela in Aishbagh will complete 70 years, but this would be the first time that such a high-profile dignitary will attend the event, Mayor Sharma said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday dubbed Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit to the state capital to attend the Dussehra celebrations as politically motivated with an eye on the upcoming state assembly polls.