Kolkata, Aug 9: The BJP wants to be absolutely sure that no untoward incicent happens duirng party president Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata on August 11. To ensure this, the BJP wants to use drones and walkie-talkies for Saturday's rally.
This comes nearly a month after a makeshift tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore, leaving 96 people injured.
Today, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya visited the venue of Yuva Somabesh, which Shah will attend on Saturday, and took stock of the preparations.
"Drones are essential for security as lakhs of supporters are expected. Kolkata police holds accountability for security, but BJP workers will be also present to ensure absolute security for our party president," Vijayvargiya he told ANI.
The BJP chief is likely to take on the TMC government over the National Citizens Register (NRC) issue during the rally.
"We have applied for permission from the Kolkata Police for using one drone during Amit Shahji's rally on Saturday. Drones will help us in keeping an eye on the proceedings in and around the rally area. This is merely for security reasons," PTI quoted West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh as saying.
Ghosh said the party was taking all precautionary steps to avoid another untoward incident.
"Walkie-talkies will help in keeping a tab on the ground situation," Ghosh said.