This would be Modi's first visit to the state after the announcement of his PM candidature for upcoming Lok Sabha election which is due by May 2014.
Over 2 lakh people are expected to attend the mega rally. Massive security arrangement has been placed to cover the rally.
Over 2 lakh people are expected to attend the mega rally in Himachal Pradesh
"Around 1,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful conduct of the rally, and I am personally taking care of the security arrangements at the rally venue," said IGP, Mandi Zone, PL Thakur while briefing about the security arrangements.
Hamirpur SP, Veena Bharti, was quoted as saying, "All officials associated with the rally and media persons would be given passes and no one would be allowed to enter the venue without a valid entry pass."
Meanwhile, a BJP spokesperson was quoted as saying, "We have chosen Sujanpur for the rally as this is the biggest ground in the state to accommodate the crowds on Sunday." The BJP leader also claimed that it would be the biggest ever rally held in Himachal which would set the tone for Lok Sabha poll.
BJP lost its prominence in Hamirpur after one its top leaders Rajinder Singh Rana revolted against the party and won the 2012 assembly poll as an Independent from Sujanpur. Rana is among the front-runners for Congress ticket from Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat challenging sitting MP, Anurag Thakur, son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.
By holding Modi's rally in Sujanpur, BJP is trying to demonstrate that it has not lost ground in the home district of Dhumal but Rana claimed that the BJP's move only exposed that it was feeling threatened even in its stronghold.
(With agency inputs)