February 7, 2009 3:43:06 am
Even as a helicopter hovered above showering flower petals on the massive turnout for the Jan Akrosh Padyatra of Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Chautala on the GT Road near Pipli,Kurukshetra,the enthusiastic Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and BJP party workers and nearby villagers shouted slogans in his favour.
Hundreds of tractors lined up the road as Ajay Chautala trudged along on his padyatra,now on its last leg. Starting from Rai Malikpur in Narnaul on January 14,Chautala has undertaken a 662 km-long walk covering 42 assembly constituencies on way. He will reach Chandigarh on February 12 where he plans to hold a public rally.
Chautala has been traversing around 20 to 25 km each day through various villages. He is stopped on way at every village on the route where standing on a tractor he delivers a short speech highlighting the deteriorating law and order situation,the poor power and water supply and appealing to the people to vote out the government.
Talking to The Indian Express at Masana village where he had lunch with the villagers,Chautala said he had received tremendous response from the people which proved the growing popularity of the INLD and the people’s growing disenchantment with the ruling Congress.
I am overwhelmed by people’s response. Instead of losing weight as expected due to all this walk,I have actually gained some because of the sweets being offered by the villagers,” he said.
Each day Ajay Chautala has been posing a question to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the various burning issues in the state. So far I have not received a single reply,” he said.
Calling it a government of scams,Chautala says the people will pay it back in the next Lok Sabha election. The only achievement of the present government is jhoot aur loot’. It is a party of property dealers,” he charges. On the issue of party’s alliance with the BJP,Chautala says there is no dispute over seat adjustment. The candidates will be declared after election dates are announced,” he said.
INLD state president Ashok Arora,Kailasho Saini,Sher Singh Barshyami,BJP leader Balbir Singh Saini,Jaswinder Singh Sandhu,Col Mangal Singh,Vijay Singla,Narender Sharma also participated in padyatra today.
Yatra causes traffic jam on GT Road
The Jan Akrosh padyatra created massive traffic jams on the GT Road between Kurukshetra and Ambala. One side of the lane (towards Ambala) was blocked by enthusiastic supporters as Chautala trudged along slowly amidst the huge surge of people eager to garland him,shake hand and shout slogans in his favour. It was today only that Chautala stepped on GT Road. So far,he had been taking a route through villages. Chautala’s tour managers said there would be no problem tomorrow as Chautala would move towards Barara village from Shabad where he was resting tonight.
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