In a disappointment for SAD-BJP combine, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally Punjab rally scheduled on December 21 in Jagraon of Ludhiana district has been postponed due to intense foggy conditions prevailing in the region that are expected to last for atleast this week.
Named as “Fateh Rally” by ruling SAD-BJP combine, as per claims by ruling leaders, the rally was to be the largest rally in the political history of Punjab and a show of strength of the popularity of the ruling combine.
State BJP president Kamal Sharma while talking to Hindustan Times confirmed that the rally has been postponed because of bad weather conditions prevailing in the state from last two days.
“The fog has hit the region with grave intensity and the meteorological department has also predicted the same for this week. Modi as per programne was to land at Adampur in Hoshiarpur district on December 20 and was to address an NRI conclave at Jalandhar. But we appended that in such conditions landing of the plane will be the biggest issue", said Kamal Sharma.
The decision to postpone the rally was taken after chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, asked BJP state chief to meet him in Dharamkot of Moga district, where the CM was to attend a public function.
“The chief minister has personally apprised about the weather conditions to Modi ji and he asked the state party leadership of the coalition to take the final call. Now the rally will be held in the second week of February,” Sharma said.
Sources said it was the compulsion of failing to arrive in Adampur before 6 pm in December 20 that compelled the party leadership to cancel the rally.
The BJP chief stated that as per schedule sent by NaMo's office, he was expected to arrive in Adampur at around 6 pm on December 20 after getting free from a party function in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, in Jagraon, the preparations for the rally remained in full swing and the abandoned Sugar Mill was totally taken over by the police on Monday morning. Heavy deployment of policemen had already been done at the venue and three different stages were already made for the event.
On Wednesday, the SAD chief Sukhbir Badal was to arrive in Jagraon to personally monitor the preparations for the rally.
Issuing a statement, later, SAD spokesperson Daljeet Singh Cheema said that due to weather forecast it was realised that it will be too inconvenient for the public to travel in thick fog and rainy conditions.
Apart from it, it will also be difficult for the NDA leaders to travel by air, so keeping all this in view it was decided to postpone the rally to the February 2014.
All the workers meetings which were scheduled to be addressed by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal at Sangrur, Jagraon and Jalandhar on December 18 stand cancelled.