Despite the government efforts to ban school buses for ferrying crowds to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) rally at Baghapurana in Moga where party chief Arvind Kejriwal was to release a poll manifesto for farmers, majority of crowd was being carried in the school buses.
The venue flooded with more than 50,000 people, one hour before the given time of arrival of the Arvind Kejriwal.
On Saturday, district authorities of Moga and neighbouring Muktsar had called for all school buses to be off roads. The move was decried by AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, who saw in it a ploy to reduce the number of transport vehicles available to ferry people to the rally.
In a written order to private and unaided schools, Muktsar district education officer (DEO) Davinder Kumar Rajoria had directed their managements to keep school buses off road at any cost on Sunday, so as “to avoid any strict action”.
Sources told HT that the Moga district education department had issued similar orders orally, to attend a safety awareness seminar at a private school at 10am.
Congress shows its strength, holds massive bike rally
Parallel to the AAP rally, Baghapurana Congress leadership led by former MLA Darshan Brar and his son Kamaljit Singh Brar organised a massive bike rally to show its strength in the constituency.
Youths on about hundred bikes, carrying placards in their hands, chanted slogans against the AAP and appealed public to bring congress government.
Mahila Congress hold protest
Mahila Congress unit of Baghapurana led by Congress leader Veerpal Kaur also held a protest against the Arvind Kejriwal at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk here on Sunday. Mahila workers are protesting against the alleged sexual exploitation of women by the AAP leaders.