- This will be the first time that PM Modi, Amarinder will share the stage
- Will be the first rally to be addressed by PM after repeal of three agriculture laws
- Modi’s rally will mark the beginning of BJP’s campaign in the electoral state
Sources said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may sound the BJP’s election bugle in Punjab on January 5 and share the stage with the party’s new ally and former state chief minister Amarinder Singh. The prime minister is scheduled to inaugurate a satellite center of the Chandigarh-based Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Punjab’s Ferozepur and is likely to address a rally after the event, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said. . said.
This will be the first rally to be addressed by the Prime Minister in Punjab after the Centre’s repeal of three controversial agriculture laws. The farmers protested against the laws on Delhi’s borders for almost a year and called off the agitation on January 11 after Parliament repealed the bills in the winter session.
Sources said Modi’s rally would mark the beginning of the campaign of the BJP and its new allies for the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab. He said Singh, whose Punjab Lok Congress has tied up with the saffron party for the Punjab polls, may also attend the rally.
If Singh attends the rally, it will be the first time that he and Modi will share the stage after the former Punjab chief minister quit the Congress. Besides Modi, Union minister and BJP’s election in-charge for Punjab Gajendra Shekhawat, his cabinet colleagues Hardeep Puri and Meenakshi Lekhi are also expected to participate in the rally.
Ahead of the Punjab elections, former India cricketer Dinesh Mongia and sitting Congress MLA Fateh Singh Bajwa on Tuesday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Bajwa, the MLA from Kadian, is the brother of senior Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa. Besides Bajwa, sitting Congress MLA from Punjab Balwinder Singh Laddi also joined the BJP on Tuesday. They joined a day after former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former Union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa met top BJP leaders, following which a formal alliance between the BJP and the two leaders’ parties was announced.