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Out on parole, Om Prakash Chautala says Mayawati will be made PM by uniting Oppn parties

Former Leader of Opposition and AAP ‘rebel’ leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira will lead a march to Bargari to express solidarity with radical Sikh leaders staging a dharna to seek action on their demands. Both Punjab and Haryana are witnessing a 'politically hot' Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2018 5:57:06 pm
Party supporters throng the streets of Punjab on Sunday. (Express photo) Party supporters throng the streets of Punjab on Sunday. (Express photo)

Punjab is set to witness a ‘politically hot’ Sunday, with the ruling Congress and opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) organising mega rallies in each other’s bastions and claiming to outdo each other. A group of the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), meanwhile, will be in Bargari for a march to express solidarity with radical Sikh leaders sitting on a dharna there.

While the Congress has not left any stone unturned to make the rally in Kilianwali village in former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Lambi constituency, Akalis are organising a ‘Jabar Virodhi rally’ in Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s native town and his family’s pocket borough, Patiala. Former Leader of Opposition and AAP ‘rebel’ leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira will lead a march to Bargari to express solidarity with radical Sikh leaders staging a dharna to seek action on their demands. All MLAs and MPs of AAP are expected to participate in the march.

Live Blog

The Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal are holding a massive rally in Punjab today. Get all latest updates here.

15:43 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Mayawati will be made PM by uniting all opposition parties: Om Prakash Chautala

Addressing the rally in Gohana, Om Prakash Chautala resolves to make Mayawati the next prime minister of India. Promising farmers loan waivers, Chautala says, 'I have full faith on my memory, I know what anybody does. I want free education and health for the poor. We will increase old age monthly pension to Rs 3000.'

15:34 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Out on parole, Om Prakash Chautala to address the rally shortly

Gohana INLD rally |  Haryana's former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala to address the rally shortly. Convicted on corruption charges in the infamous Haryana teachers recruitment scam and undergoing 10 years sentence in Tihar jail, Chautala has recently come out on parole. Although he had earlier  met party workers and supporters while on parole, today will be his first public address in a rally. He last addressed a public rally in Jind, four years ago on September 25, 2014.

15:30 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik arrives at the venue of Patiala SAD rally

Patiala, SAD Rally | Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik arrives at the venue as Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and three disgruntled leaders, Majha Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala skip. Dhindsa's son Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Akali leaders Prem Singh Chandumajra, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Tota Singh, Janmeja Singh Sekhon, former SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar among those present.

15:29 (IST)07 Oct 2018
INLD promises farmers a complete crop loan and electricity bills waiver

Gohana update |  As Abhay Chautala begins to speak, supporters of Dushyant Chautala begins hooting, asking him to sit down. Abhay asks the crowd to be disciplined. BSP's Haryana Incharge Dr Meghraj also urges the crowd to behave and says, "Halla machaane se galat sandesh jaata hai."  Abhay urged the people to vote for INLD-BSP in 2019 polls, promises farmers a complete crop loan and electricity bills waive.

14:53 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Congress says no to coalition in Punjab for LS elections

Poster for 2019 polls was released by the Punjab chief minister with a message to win all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha. Captain Amarinder Singh said that two days back they were called in Delhi by party president Rahul Gandhi and asked if we needed a coalition in Punjab. " We said no. We don't need any AAP or BSP or anyone else. We are capable to win all 13 seats on our own in Punjab," he said

14:35 (IST)07 Oct 2018
'Behen Mayawati, Zindabad'

At Gohana, slogans like "Behen Mayawati, Zindabad" and "Tau Devi Lal Amar rahe" are chanted by the crowd. Former Haryana CM Chautala, along with former Gujarat CM Shankar Singh Vaghela and state BSP chief Prakash Bharti takes stage to address the rally.

14:20 (IST)07 Oct 2018
INLD set to take stage at Gohana

Indian National Lok Dal leader Dushyant Chautala arrives at Gohana while former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala yet to reach the spot. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is likely to give the rally a miss. 

14:04 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Congress terms SAD as 'Sukhbir Akali Dal'

Hitting out at Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Sunil Jakhar called SAD as "Sukhbir Akali Dal". "Sukhbir and his troupe are like Alibaba and challis chor. A saccha Akali is Parkash Singh Badal, who is now only a majboor baap," Jakhar said.

13:48 (IST)07 Oct 2018


Congress workers at the rally in Punjab on Sunday. (Express photo)

13:47 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Congress chief addresses crowd

In his welcome speech to the crowd, district Congress chief Gurmeet Singh Khuddian lists out the problems faced by the people of Lambi. Alleging that Congress workers were not getting their dues,  Khuddian said, "We have to face people."

13:37 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu yet to arrive for rally

At former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Lambi constituency, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is yet to arrive to address the crowd. Meanwhile, his ministers are visiting blocks to interact with people from their respective constituencies. 

13:27 (IST)07 Oct 2018
AAP set to begin march to Bargari

Following speeches by the former leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly and AAP MLA, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, party MLAs are now chanting prayers (ardas) ahead of their march to Bargari. More people have arrived at the spot.

13:23 (IST)07 Oct 2018


A party supporter arrives with a rally for the sword. (Express photo)

13:14 (IST)07 Oct 2018
People arrive on bikes, tractors from far-flung areas

Massive crowds have gathered at Dana Mandi in Kot Kapura, 50 kilometres away from Bathinda. People have arrived in large number, on two-wheelers and tractors, and are moving on roads leading to Kot Kapura and Bargari. The crowd has the presence of a large number of women too.

13:06 (IST)07 Oct 2018
Massive show of strength between Congress, SAD in Punjab

Punjab is set to witness a ‘politically hot’ Sunday, with the ruling Congress and opposition Akalis organising mega rallies in each other’s bastions and claiming to outdo each other. Follow this live blog for all latest updates.

Both Akalis and Congress have claimed they had erected the biggest ever pandal. Amarinder’s political secretary Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu told The Sunday Express that they had put up a massive pandal. “We are expecting a crowd of nearly two lakh people. We have engaged 3,000 buses and 10,000 light vehicles to ferry people. It will be a massive rally,” he said adding it would show the popularity of Amarinder as the Chief Minister.

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