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Modi to address rally in Haryana today, his first as BJP's man for PM

PTI  Chandigarh, September 14, 2013
First Published: 22:38 IST(14/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:56 IST(15/9/2013)

Newly-appointed BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is all set to address an ex-servicemen's rally today in the southern Haryana district of Rewari.

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"All preparations are complete for holding the rally. There is even more enthusiasm (for it) among party workers after Modiji's naming as the prime ministerial candidate," said state BJP president, Ram Bilas Sharma.

He said that apart from Modi, former Army chief, Gen VK Singh, too, would attend the rally along with a number of senior, retired Army officers.

Haryana Janhit Congress President Kuldeep Bishnoi, an ally of BJP's, is also expected to turn up for the rally.

Earlier, on June 23, days after being named BJP's poll campaign chief, Modi had held a "Sankalp rally" at Pathankot in Punjab on the occasion of party founder Shyam Prasad Mookerjee's 60th death anniversary.

"Now, just a day after being named BJP's prime ministerial candidate and two days before he turns 63, we are lucky to have him address a rally in Rewari," he said.

Responding to the proposed rally, Haryana Power Minister, Ajay Singh Yadav, the six-time Congress MLA from Rewari, said, "Modi should have chosen a state which is way behind Gujarat for disseminating his message, not one which is ahead of it.

"Haryana is miles ahead of Gujarat in most key fields, including social welfare, especially for defence personnel and ex-servicemen," Yadav added.

Meanwhile, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday publicly appealed to Modi "to save from eviction the farmers of Haryana and Punjab who have been cultivating land in Gujarat".

Talking to a group of farmers who had called on him, Hooda said he hoped Modi would try to safeguard the interests of farmers from Punjab and Haryana who were living in Gujarat.

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