Crowds throng Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium ahead of PM Modi’s rally

Wearing Modi masks and chanting his name, scores of people from across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reached Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium here to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally.

In his first visit to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, Modi will unveil multiple development projects worth more than Rs 6,400 crore, address a public meeting, and participate in the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Jammu Kashmir’ programme at the stadium.

Hundreds of BJP supporters, wearing tricoloured turbans, also reached the venue while security personnel had a tough time managing the crowd.

Officials said tight security arrangements were in place but there were no restrictions on the movement of people.

Life was normal across the Kashmir valley and most of the shops and other business establishments were open here, the officials said.

They said there were no restrictions on the movement of the people in any part of the valley, except for traffic diversions around the venue of the PM’s rally.

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