According to a Indian Express news report, a 20-coach train, named Narendra Modi Express, was scheduled to leave Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot on Thursday evening and was would reach Jhansi on Friday morning. The distance between the two places is just over 300 kilometres.
The BJP aims to make the Jhansi rally, Modi's second in the key state of Uttar Pradesh ahead of next year's Lok Sabha election, a mega success and match the successful first rally held in Kanpur on October 19.
The BJP booked an entire train since not buses were available
Sources in the railway said the BJP paid full tariff rate while booking the train and added that extra compartments will be provided in other passenger trains to accommodate more BJP workers. The train is scheduled to have six halts between Chitrakoot and Banda districts.
The BJP has paid Rs 17 lakh for booking the train. Party sources said it was decided that a train will be booked with contributions from party workers since enough buses were not available on that route. However, over 200 vehicles have been reportedly hired to ferry BJP supporters from various other districts.