November 26, 2015 8:07:10 pm
Despite SAD’s claims that they are overwhelmed by the public response at the first Sadhbhawna Rally, the scenario at the venue gave a different picture.
Most of the participants were either NREGA workers, senior citizens, daily wagers and migrant labourers.
As the rally was organised in the township of Pearl group, a real estate company located on Bathinda- Goniana road, schools and colleges located in Goniana block remain closed fearing traffic hassles.
Delhi Public School, Krishna Vatika and others remain closed on Monday in Goniana area.
Spectators from Bathinda, Muktsar, Faridkot, Mansa and Fazilka came to the rally in the transport arranged by the area MLAs or constituency in charges.
A large number of these buses were of schools and colleges of Mansa, Fazilka, Bathinda. Some buses were bearing Rajasthan number plates.
Buta Singh from Goniana block of Bathinda said, “I have not received my old age pension for more than two months. I was told to come to the rally for a day, so I came.”
Manjit Singh, a NREGA worker from Khuikhera villlage in CM’s constituency Lambi said, “We have not received NREGA wages for more than two months. We were asked to attend the rally, so I came along with other 20 workers from my village. Perhaps the sarpanch can help us get the payments a little early now.”
Jagsir Singh from Laduwal village of deputy CM’s constituency Jalalabad said, “We are small marginal farmers. We just came to see what the political leaders have to say. Buses have been arranged by our village Sarpanch and we were free. So, we came to the rally.”
Nachttar Singh, another worker who had come from Capt Amarinder’s ancestral village Mehraj, said,
“I am a daily wager. I am also a registered NREGA worker. Since there was no work in the village today, I came to the rally along with other workers.”
Some people were being refrained by police to talk to the media.
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