The Orange City is all sprucing itself up in different colours to greet and welcome top guns of the country and the State. The Second Capital of Maharashtra would witness descending of heavyweights in the city in the third week of November.
First, it will the most powerful woman in the country, the Congress President and Chairperson of the ruling UPA Sonia Gandhi is visiting Nagpur on November 20. Sonia Gandhi will inaugurate the Central Government’s ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana, which is incidentally being launched first from Nagpur, the heart of the nation. And to greet and welcome her in the Second Capital, the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, entire Cabinet, top Congress leaders and other eminent personalities would be present in the Orange City. Sonia Gandhi’s visit is certain to take the city by storm with atmosphere going vibrant and colourful. The occasion could also see launching of campaign for Lok Sabha elections by the Congress party. The Congress President will address a public meeting at Kasturchand Park.
Second, it will be BSP Supremo Mayawati who is touching the Orange City most probably on November 19. The massive response to BSP Workers’ Melawa (conference) is the reason Mayawati coming to city to sound Lok Sabha poll drive bugle. The BSP Supremo is likely to address the party workers either at Chitnis Park or a ground in Indora.
Third, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray is also coming to city on November 20. Raj will be the chief guest of the Marwari Foundation programme and will distribute Prabodhankar Thackeray awards. And if Raj addresses meeting or holds press conference, firecrackers of political nature having great intensity are likely to create a storm in the circles.
The workers of Congress, BSP and MNS have gone ecstatic and are ready to welcome Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Raj Thackeray. The political atmosphere in the Orange City is turning hot and, colourful, too. November 16 to 20 would go into Nagpur’s history as most hectic, hot and hue and colour.
However, the security agencies, intelligence agencies and other concerned agencies would certainly on their toes during the VVIP visits.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, was to arrive in city on November 16 to grace the 150th Centennial Celebration of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and 100th Convocation Function of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). However, the visit has been cancelled for reasons not disclosed till filing of this report.