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Chappar Chirri rally: Brar’s litmus test today

A tent has been put up and Brar spent Friday preparing for his speech, which he claims would be the “best of his lifetime.”

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: May 21, 2016 10:45:48 am
Expelled senior congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar during a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday, April 27 2016. Express photo by Jaipal Singh Expelled senior congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar during a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday, April 27 2016. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

EXPELLED CONGRESS leader and former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, credited with defeating (Deputy Chief Minister) Sukhbir Singh Badal in the 1999 Lok Sabha election, faces a litmus test in the form of his rally Saturday to show his popularity.

Almost pushed to the fringes in recent years, Jagmeet, once known as ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’, is at the crossroads after the Congress expelled him for his ‘outburst’ against the party. His call for a massive rally in historic Chappar Chirri, billed as ‘Punjabiat da Mahakumbh’ is being watched with curiosity on whether Jagmeet would be able to strike a chord with the people.

Sources close to him said all was set as 400 buses were hired to ferry supporters from across Punjab, 25,000 litres of mineral water was ordered, and packed Langar was being prepared for all those set to attend the rally in the sweltering heat.

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A tent has been put up and Brar spent Friday preparing for his speech, which he claims would be the “best of his lifetime.” “The number does not matter. Even if 1,000 people attend my rally, I will deem it a success. They all would be the ‘aashiqs’ (lovers) of Punjab who want to save the state from dynasty and royalty,” Brar said.

About his former colleague and another expelled Congress leader, Bir Devinder, not extending him support, Jagmeet said he was unfazed. “It is up to him to decide his future course of action.” Brar, like Bir Devinder, was also offered an olive branch by strategist Prashant Kishor but he refused.

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