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10 lakh expected for INLD rally on Devi Lal’s 100th birth anniversary

Vijay Sabharwal, Hindustan Times  Kurukshetra, October 31, 2013
First Published: 19:13 IST(31/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:16 IST(31/10/2013)

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is expecting a turnout of 10-lakh people for its 'Samman Rally' to be organised here on Friday to mark the 100th birth anniversary of party founder Devi Lal.

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To be organised on 32 acres of land on the northern bank of Brahma Sarovar, the rally's site was on Thursday inspected by INLD leaders Abay Chautala and Ashok Arora, and Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister of Punjab and an old-time friend of Devi Lal.

Badal had reached Kurukshetra on Wednesday night. He is staying at International Guest House, Kurukshetra University.
 
Arora, the party's state president, said that arrangements had been made to ensure a hiccup-less function, and gave political overtones to the event: "The rally is of political importance as dissident Congress leader and Gurgaon member of Parliament (MP) Captain Rao Inderjit Singh will address the rally.

A member of legislative assembly (MLA) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will also be here." He, however, did not give the name.

Meanwhile, in the run-up to event, the entire town has begun wearing INLD's colour, green. Also, there are 32 giant-size gates that have been set up on roads leading to the venue. Contacted, Kurukshetra superintendent of police (SP) Y Puran Kumar said that security was in place: "Besides, traffic would be diverted so that there is no inconvenience to commuters."


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