Transport minister GS Bali on Thursday said that preparations were in full swing for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Kangra district and that 50,000 people were expected to attend the event.
Gandhi will address the rally in Dharamsala town on March 8, International Women’s Day. “Around 50,000 people from across the state will attend the rally,” said Bali addressing a press conference here.
He, however, said it was not a rally to be compared with that of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, Narender Modi. “Drawing a comparison is wrong and unfair. Neither are we competing with the BJP, nor are we setting any target for the rally,” said Bali.
He said ex- servicemen and youth will be the main attraction of the rally. “As Rahulji pushed for the ‘one rank, one pension’ issue, many ex- servicemen want to meet him,” said Bali adding that Rahul will interact with ex- servicemen after the rally.
He said most participants were expected to come from Kangra, Una, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Mandi districts. Bali said he held a meeting with party workers regarding the preparations for the rally on Thursday. Himachal Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu will hold a meeting to take stock of arrangements on Friday.