10-lakh claim falls flat; not even 5L attend BJP mega show at Bhopal

Bhopal: The BJP’s ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ at Bhopal on Tuesday was touted as the ‘biggest political congregation’ in the world. It was said that 10 lakh party workers from all over the state would attend the event.

However, the mega event was attended by less than 5 lakh workers. And even the party chief Amit Shah admitted that it was so. During the course of his speech, he said that five lakh persons were present at the event. However, after his speech, it was repeatedly announced that the audience at the event was 10 lakh strong.

However, even if figures being bandied about the logistical arrangements for ferrying party workers from different parts of the state to Bhopal are taken at their face value, the numbers don’t add up.

Nine trains

Nine special trains were hired for the Karyakarta Mahakumbh. Assuming that each had 24 coaches (though some reportedly had 18), a back-of-the-envelope calculation would show that they could not have cumulatively ferried more than 21,000 workers (100 per coach).

88,000 small vehicles!

Presuming that the party could mobilise around one lakh workers from the city – which is a very liberal estimate, it would have still needed to bring around 8.80 lakh workers from other parts of the state. This would require about 18,000 buses (50 per bus) or around 88,000 jeeps and cars (10 per vehicle). Such huge number of vehicles would have clogged the city roads, which did not happen.

Police sources say that around 4 lakh persons attended the event. Other estimates varied from 2 lakh to 3.5 lakh.