THE POLITICAL conferences at Talwandi Sabo, a matter of prestige for all parties here, are set to get bigger this year. All parties preparing for the event, to be held on April 13 (Baisakhi day), have doubled the size of their venues.
After more than a decade, the ruling SAD will be organising its conference in an open area instead of at its earlier fixed venue of Dewan Hall, located within the Talwandi Sabo Gurdwara. Charanjeet Singh Brar, officer on special duty to Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and SAD president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, said the party has opted for a bigger venue as it wants to showcase its support.
“Our gathering will be a record one and we have changed the venue to accommodate it. The pandal will be set in over 10 acres of land near the Gurdwara Jandsar while nearly 50 acres will be set aside for parking alone. Over ,2400 buses and 1,000 small vehicles have been hired to ferry our supporters to the venue,” he said.
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On being pointed out that a similar change in venue at the Maghi Mela had severely affected SAD, Brar said, “At the Muktsar Maghi Mela, we made the mistake of not arranging for water and food. Moreover the CM and deputy CM came by road through the same route earmarked for visitors”.
The Congress too has settled for a bigger venue. Party leader Manpreet Badal, incharge of the Baisakhi Mela rally, said, “This even is important for us in light of the 2017 Assembly polls. We have doubled the size of our pandal to 10 acres this year and have also increased the area for parking. The tractor mandi at Talwandi Sabo will play host to our rally and we are expecting over a lakh people from Malwa area alone. Our mass mobilisation meetings are going on”.
“Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh will be making important announcements on the rally stage. This is the only party which has the maturity and capacity to govern Punjab and take risks for the betterment of Punjabis,” he added.
The Aam Aadmi Party, meanwhile, is still busy with extensive nukkad meetings and road shows, juts like its workers did before Maghi Mela. “Our rally too will be held on 10 acres of area near Thana Chowk. Our supporters will reach on their own and like Maghi, a number of them may come in SAD or Congress buses as well,” said Neel Garg, media incharge of AAP at Bathinda.