As BJP poll panel chief,CM’s first rally in Pathankot today

Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address his first public rally at Madhopur in Pathankot district of Punjab on Sunday to mark the 60th death anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published:June 23, 2013 3:36 am

After being appointed chairman of the BJP’s campaign committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address his first public rally at Madhopur in Pathankot district of Punjab on Sunday to mark the 60th death anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

Modi,who was in Uttarakhand Saturday,may proceed to Pathankot directly from there.

Former deputy prime minister and Modi’s mentor Lal Krishna Advani,is not likely to remain present at the event that has been named “Sankalp Rally”.

However,posters of the “Sankalp Rally”,which have been circulated on web for two days now,try to project a united BJP,carrying pictures of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee,Advani,Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley,although Modi’s photograph dwarfs them all.

Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal is also likely to attend the rally,the posters say. Madhopur was the place where Mookerjee had addressed his last rally before entering Kashmir while protesting against granting of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. He was detained while entering Jammu & Kashmir in May 1953 and then died in custody on June 23.

Gujarat BJP sources say that after the Madhopur rally,Modi could embark on a year-long campaign,mainly through functions held nationwide at regular intervals.

In July,the Gujarat CM is supposed to begin his tour of UP,the politically crucial state where Modi’s confidant and former minister Amit Shah has already begun the groundwork.

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