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Politics to take centre stage from Punjab Day

Political parties are gearing up to step up their campaign from November 1—Punjab Day—for the ensuing Assembly elections slated for February.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh |
October 26, 2011 12:04:27 am

From yatras to kabbadi tourney,parties to step up campaign for Assembly polls

Political parties are gearing up to step up their campaign from November 1—Punjab Day—for the ensuing Assembly elections slated for February.

While the Congress will be starting Punjab Bachao Yatra,the newly formed Sanjha Morcha will also start its Izzat Sambhal Yatra and the ruling SAD-BJP government in order to counter these yatras have invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for laying foundation stone of International Airport in Mohali and dedication of Khalsa Heritage Complex in Anadpur Sahib,besides organising the World Kabaddi Cup.

Main opposition Congress would be launching its state-wide yatra from November 1 from Damdama Sahib,one of the five temporal seats of Sikhs. The yatra,orginally called Parivartan Yatra and later changed to Punjab Bachao Yatra,will conclude at Budhladha on December 2.

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The month-long yatra will cover all the Assembly segments and will be part of about 40 rallies during this period. “The yatra and rallies will set the tone for change,” Amarinder said.

The yatra,organised by the state Congress,would be led by Amarinder in coordination with party in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak.

“The programme has been chalked out in due consultation with the party in-charge and I along with Charak will be leading the yatra and addressing the public meetings across the state,” Amarinder said.

But he also said all the senior leaders of the party were being involved and associated with the yatra and they will be a part and parcel of it.

The Congressmen fear that the Badals are using the prime minister to blunt anti-incumbency. Despite repeated attacks on the Centre against alleged discrimination against Punjab,it is too well known a fact that Manmohan Singh has never turned down any request from Parkash Singh Badal.

With the impending visit of Singh next month,the ruling SAD-BJP will try to project the development work which they have carried out in the state.

SAD secretary and spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said when Amrinder Singh,Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and other senior leaders of the state Congress meet their party president,one expects that they will request her to direct the prime minister to give some good Diwali gift for Punjab. But it is surprising that instead of this,they have protested against whatever has been given to Punjab earlier as its bona fide right.

They have choosen to oppose the visit of the prime minister to inaugurate Khalsa Heritage Complex,Anandpur Sahib and International Airport in Mohali and it is a betrayal of the state on the eve of Diwali.

Meanwhile,the newly formed Sanjha Morcha in which People’s Party of Punjab is the main constituent,will also flag off its maiden Izzat Sambhal Yatra on November 6 from Dhudike,birth place of Lala Lajpat Rai. This yatra shall be a continuation of Jago Punjab Movement.

The movement started around a year ago when Manpreet Badal was expelled from Akali Dal for voicing his views. PPP had recently entered into an alliance with the Left and SAD (L) to form Sanjha Morcha.

To counter all these yatras,the ruling SAD-BJP will be organising the second World Cup Kabaddi from November 1 to 20. The event would take place in 16 different cities will have 14 teams from around the world taking part in it.

The opening ceremony will be held on November 1 at Sports Stadium,Bathinda and closing ceremony on November 20 at Guru Nanak Stadium,Ludhiana.

A first-of-its-kind event,the top three teams would take home Rs 2 Crore,Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh,respectively,as prize money.

The government estimates that this event will be witnessed by more than 30,000 spectators at each venue,besides hundreds of thousands watching it on television.

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