From FB, but this is NOT a chain trail, I can vouch for the authenticity (cant add more due to obvious reasons)
Just back from the Modi rally at Palace Grounds. I reached a bit late, Modi had started speaking. Hundreds of BJP supporters were walking out with banners and placards. I asked a few and they said, we came to pay the Rs 10 fee (for the Iron Man statue project), we came to ensure Modi starts speaking (guess after the Patna blasts, you know how party speak goes: come, show your strength), we heard his top points, we don't understand Hindi much, so now we are off for lunch. Three entry gates on the Mekri Circle side were closed. Hundreds of people were standing outside the venue on the tall road dividers looking at giant TV screens projecting the stage and speaker. A few people were leaping a wall, I leapt and got in. After three rounds of security check I was finally wading amongst chairs and thousands of people towards the stage. Not many were listening to Modi per say, it could be a language issue. But, the support was palpable, so was the discipline of the crowd. There were maybe 5 per cent women in over a lakh crowd. Mostly urban, lower and middle class. I listened to the last 1/3 of the speech sitting on a railing. There was no incident of any mischief, at least as far as I know.
In an country where votes are bought and crowds are paid to gather, I think it speaks of BJP's confidence that they charge for their rallies. This confidence is, unfortunately, not captured in the English or on social media. Things on the ground are changing and the anti-Congress voice, mostly owing to corruption, is getting stronger. A huge factor was also the pro-Yeddyurappa support now going for the BJP. In a democracy, the vote of a witty intellectual counts the same as of an unsophisticated peasant. Salute to Bangalore Police for overall management - from traffic to crowds. This was one of the smoothest political rallies I have experienced.