Clear and Present Danger: Gadkari and Fadnavis Nagpur Rally Full of Empty Chairs
Rows of empty chairs have been a fixture at the saffron party's rallies.
The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be facing one regular problem. Rows of empty chairs have been a fixture at the saffron party’s rallies. After low attendance at Amit Shah’s, Hema Malini’s, Yogi Adityanath’s and even Narendra Modi’s rallies, Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari too found themselves being greeted by a near-empty venue.
All India Kisan Congress president Nana Patole shared a video of a rally in Nagpur that was visibly forlorn. He wrote: “70 per cent of the chairs of Nagpur event of Devendra Fadnavis are empty. This is a video when the chief minister of Maharashtra is on stage. People of Nagpur know, Nitin Gadkari ji is losing, but there is no need to do such a thing.”
70% of the chairs of #Nagpur event of @Dev_Fadnavis are empty. This is a video when the @CMOMaharashtra is on stage. People of Nagpur know, @nitin_gadkari ji is losing, but there is no need to do such a thing.
@divyaspandana @RahulGandhi @INCIndia @BBCIndia @INCIndiaLive pic.twitter.com/VAOlh7Jx04
— Nana Patole (@NANA_PATOLE) April 7, 2019
Earlier, BJP workers were forced to hide empty chairs at Amit Shah’s rally in Agra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha election campaign rally that kicked off from Meerut also witnessed an embarrassingly low turnout.
In fact, recently, fearing more empty rallies, the BJP had reportedly hired four trains at the cost of Rs 53 lakh to ferry people from Jhargram, Lalgola, Purulia and Rampurhat to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Kolkata’s iconic Brigade Parade Ground.