As Kozhikode gears up to add another lofty feather in its hospitality cap, all eyes are on the might on display during the BJP National Council Meeting to be held on September 23rd and 24th. On these days the top political class of the Centre will descend on the Zamorin's land which has played host to many cultural, political and religious congregations during the course of history. The Prime Minister, 25 cabinet ministers, 42 ministers of state, 11 Chief Ministers, around 60 Members of Parliament and around 300 MLAs along with national leaders like Amit Shah and Advani will be in attendance in the city during these days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach the city at 4: 30 PM on the 24th. He will then be flown to Vikram Ground at WestHill from where he will proceed to the public meeting at the beach. After addressing the crowd, he will proceed to a felicitation programme for senior Jan Sangh functionaries at the Zamorin's High School at Tali. He will leave for Delhi on the 25th afternoon from the Karipur airport after attending the National Council at Swapna Nagari from 9 am along with the other functionaries.
A large army of party workers, policemen, fire force and local public works and electricity departments are on their toes to ensure everything goes smoothly for the next two days. The stage has been set at Swapna Nagari with a complete Kerala touch with large images and sculptures of Kathakali and snake boats. The completely pillar-less structure will accommodate 2000 delegates alone and will have two press conference halls, kitchen, dining and exhibition halls. The stage at the beach is also being set up in Kerala style.
It is after a gap of 49 years that a National Council of the Jan Sangh is being held at Kozhikode. With tall leaders like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and the young Vajpayee in attendance the photos throw light on the history.
The delegates have been declared state guests even though the long-drawn preparations have left no stone unturned and the accommodation and other amenities for the delegates, including the PM, have been arranged already.
KOZHIKODE UNDER COMMANDO PROTECTION
A large army of Special Protection Group and the National Security Guards have been deployed to ensure complete control over the security of the VIPs and VVIPs in attendance. A large team of the special forces had reached the district on Tuesday itself for the same under the leadership of the DIG M P Gupta and AIG Rajeev.
North Kerala Additional DGP Sudhesh Kumar and the Kannur Range IG Dinendra Kashyap are leading a team comprising of nine SPs, 30 DySPs, 68 CIs and over 2,300 policemen from different regions of Malabar. These teams are also part of the security set up slated to cover the security of the VIPs and VVIPs. Apart from them high ranking officers of the intelligence agencies and Home Ministry are also at Kozhikode.
A NOTEBOOK WITH DEEN DAYAL'S SIGNATURE
An autograph belonging to Kannancherry Balakrishnan Master with its many signatures is nearly half a decade old. And recently when the government decided to hold the National Council in the city after a gap of 49 years, Balakrishnan remembered something from the past- the autograph has Deen Dayal's signature, among the many he collected after the 14th conference during which he served as a volunteer.
Half a century ago, he had hurriedly approached the national leaders on the concluding day of the conference to get their signatures on his book and today they stay with him as a precious collection. His little notebook with its yellowing pages has the signatures of Deen Dayal Upadhayay, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Sundar Singh Bhandari, Yagya Dutt Sharma, Nanaji Deshmukh, Jagannatha Rao Joshi, J P Kishan Lal, PSS Iyer, Gajendhra Gaskar and Palasingh Parameshwar among others.