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Amit Shah at Jind bike rally: ‘This (Haryana) is the state whose Congress chief minister went to jail’

Amit Shah Jind rally: Security presence in the city has been increased and as many as 100 companies of central forces and 250 companies of Haryana Police have been deployed for the rally.

Amit Shah Jind rally LIVE updates: Amid NGTs pollution warning, bike rally to be held today Amit Shah Jind rally LIVE updates: Workers arrive on bikes at the venue of the Yuva Hunkar Rally ground in Jind, Haryana. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

In what is seen as the sounding of the poll bugle for the assembly elections scheduled next year as also the general elctions, BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday kicked off the Yuva Hunkar rally at Jind in Haryana on Thursday. He arrived at the rally venue riding pillion on a bike along with thousands of party members who were also on bikes.

Unsparing in his criticism of the previous Congress government in the state, Shah said the fact that he (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) as CM has gone to jail in graft cases points towards how deeply that government was steeped in corruption. 

READ: Amit Shah in Jind: Motorcycle rally to increase pollution, warn experts

The rally was held amid a plea that had been filed in NGT on the grounds of pollution that the presence of over one lakh bikes may further intensify pollution in Delhi-NCR. Haryana government submitted that the participating motorbikes would have “valid PUC certificates”.

Amit Shah Jind rally LIVE updates: 

  1. 3:06PM
    15 Feb, 18

    "This is kumbh of party workers, not an election rally," says Shah while concluding his speech amid 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Matararm' slogans.

  2. 3:01PM
    15 Feb, 18

    Launching a scathing attack at the previous Congress government in Haryana, Shah says "this is the state where CM has gone to jail, but there are no corruption charges against Khattar."

  3. 2:59PM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah says that Congress had announced to oppose his rally.

    "Listen Hooda ji, BJP central government has given more funds to Haryana than the Congress government had when it was in power," he claims.

  4. 2:53PM
    15 Feb, 18

    "Long pending one rank one pension given. Farmers, retired faujis are happy now," says Shah while claiming the successful execution of OROP scheme under the BJP government.

  5. 2:46PM
    15 Feb, 18

    "Maximum medals in sports are won by Haryana sportspersons," says Shah while appreciating the sporting culture in the state.

  6. 2:44PM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah addressing the rally

    Amit Shah lauds Haryana farmers. "Green revolution possible because of their contribution," he says.

  7. 2:39PM
    15 Feb, 18

    Amit Shah, through remote, lays foundation stone of BJP offices in 15 districts

  8. 2:33PM
    15 Feb, 18

    CM Khattar speaking at bike rally in Jind. (Source- ML Khattar/Twitter)

  9. 2:22PM
    15 Feb, 18
    Khattar in rally at Jind

    We have eliminated regionalism in developmental works, says ML Khattar in Jind.

  10. 2:11PM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah, CM Khattar reach the venue.

    Amit Shah, CM Khattar reach the venue. (Source: ANI)

  11. 1:50PM
    15 Feb, 18

    Bike rally from Hisar towards Yuva Hunkar Rally ground in Jind, Haryana. (Source: Haryana BJP/Twitter)

  12. 1:37PM
    15 Feb, 18

    Workers on bikes for the Yuva Hunkar Rally in Jind, Haryana. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

  13. 1:30PM
    15 Feb, 18

    Workers from Karnal participating in the Yuva Hunkar Rally. (Source: Manohar Lal Khattar/Twitter)

  14. 12:47PM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah bikers rally in Jind

    Union Minister Birender Singh, Haryana ministers are at the venue; Amit Shah, CM Khattar yet to reach.

  15. 11:56AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday had said it cannot stop BJP president Amit Shah’s scheduled bikers rally or pass any direction for restrictions on it as it is not a protest or a demonstration against the government.

  16. 11:48AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Last Friday, the NGT had sought responses from the Centre and the Haryana government. The Haryana government submitted that the estimated one lakh motorbikes that would be participating in the rally in Jind would have “valid PUC certificates”.

  17. 11:45AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Arguing on a plea seeking reduction of motorbikes on the grounds of air pollution and consequent health impacts across Delhi-NCR, the Haryana government argued that the plea was based on “assumptions, conjectures and surmises”, not “studies”.

  18. 11:36AM
    15 Feb, 18

    “They should have used bicycles instead of bikes because it will not bring any harm to anyone’s health nor there will be any concern of pollution,” Professor Suman Mor from Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, told The Indian Express.

  19. 11:32AM
    15 Feb, 18

    "Though one motorcycle releases very small amount of CO but as motorcycles are one lakh in number the amount of CO generated would be more...It will have harmful effects on people” P J S Dadhwal, Ex-member, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee.

  20. 11:24AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Workers arrive on bikes at the venue of the Yuva Hunkar Rally ground in Jind, Haryana. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

  21. 11:22AM
    15 Feb, 18

    “The speed of all these bikes would be slow and there is no doubt that there would be pollution because of these bikes," Professor Mukesh Khare, from IIT Delhi told The Indian Express.

  22. 11:19AM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah to hold rally in Jind

    While the experts have warned that Amit Shah’s bikers rally in Jind would increase pollution levels.

  23. 11:17AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Paramilitary personnel deployed across the city. (Express photo)

  24. 11:13AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Preparations in full swing at the venue in Jind on Wednesday. (Express photo by Jasbir Mallhi)

  25. 10:59AM
    15 Feb, 18

    More than 2,000 private security guards to manage parking stands at the venue, which is spread across 100 acres of land.

  26. 10:56AM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah's bikers rally

    Bikers start arriving at the venue in Jind. 

  27. 10:36AM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah to hold rally in Jind

    Preparation underway for 'Yuva Hunkar Rally' in Jind. (Source: ANI)

  28. 10:32AM
    15 Feb, 18
    Amit Shah to inaugurate party office in Jind

    BJP party President Amit Shah is scheduled to inaugurate party office in Jind district and will lay foundation stone for 15 district offices.

  29. 10:21AM
    15 Feb, 18

    A group of party workers from Asandh constituency of Karnal district will move to the rally venue wearing pagris, which is symbol of respect in Haryana.“We don’t think that there would be any legal problem in wearing pagris in place of helmets as bikers who wear a pagri are not stopped by policemen,” a BJP leader told The Indian Express.

    When asked about the pagris instead of helmets, Haryana BJP General Secretary Ved Pal said, “We have asked all the workers to follow traffic rules.”

  30. 10:14AM
    15 Feb, 18

    According to police, several BJP supporters from Palwal, Mewat and Faridabad are expected to pass through Gurgaon on Thursday, on their way to and from the rally in Jind on Thursday.

  31. 10:07AM
    15 Feb, 18

    On Tuesday, former Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav had criticised the BJP for organising a massive motorcycle rally in Jind saying "such stunts don’t benefit the nation."

  32. 9:46AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Khattar is personally overseeing the arrangements along with state party president Subhash Barala and Haryana BJP party in-charge Anil Jain. Khattar even drove a bike. Shah will also ride a bike for a short distance to reach the venue today.

  33. 9:36AM
    15 Feb, 18

    Meanwhile, Haryana AAP chief Naveen Jaihind has announced presenting ‘pakodas’ to Amit Shah over BJP’s alleged failure to generate the promised three lakh jobs for the youth in the last three years. 

  34. 9:25AM
    15 Feb, 18

    The BJP has made it clear that it is mandatory for all ministers and MLAs to attend the rally on motorcycles.

  35. 9:17AM
    15 Feb, 18

    BJP leader Rajiv Jain said the rally is part of ‘Mission Vistaar’ or to strengthen the party at the booth level and to gear up the cadre for polls.

  36. 9:14AM
    15 Feb, 18

    There will be three stages at the ground — one for 36 top leaders, including Shah and Khattar; the second for 350 leaders, including MLAs; and the third for artists who will perform folk songs for the bikers.

  37. 9:04AM
    15 Feb, 18

    To ensure one lakh motorcycles at BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Jind, the Haryana unit of the party come up with a solution: 1,111 motorcycles from each of the state’s 90 Assembly constituencies will start for the venue a day before the rally.

  38. 8:55AM
    15 Feb, 18

    BJP MP from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini, has announced that he won’t attend the rally of party chief Amit Shah. Saini said that there was no logic in going to attend the rally when the ideology doesn’t match. The MP also said that he would very soon announce a new political outfit which will contest elections from all 90 seats in the state.

  39. 8:51AM
    15 Feb, 18

    The AIJASS's 'Balidan Divas' rally has been postponed to February 18. The decision came after a discussion between Chief Minister M L Khattar and AIJASS chief Yashpal Malik.

  40. 8:50AM
    15 Feb, 18

    The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) had decided to organise a rally on February 15 but pushed the event to a later date.