With the Congress in an offensive mood against the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the BJP, too, has drawn its cudgel to give a befitting reply to the ruling party by holding a massive rally at Sujanpur Tira on February 16.
The party expects to muster a crowd of three lakh for the rally, including fifty thousand from Hamirpur district. Since Chaugan (huge ground) at Sujanpur can accommodate lakhs of people, the BJP has chosen it for the rally.
The rally will be addressed by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi - the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
The rally is said to be the brain child of former chief minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal, who purportedly wants to settle scores with his former colleague Rajendra Rana, the local MLA and an associate member of the Congress, who is consolidating his position in the district by and by.
At the Sujanpur rally, the party is looking forward to formally launch its Lok Sabha campaign on a large scale by exposing the misdeeds of the Congress-led government during its last one year of rule.
Moreover, by holding a massive rally, the BJP wants to send a strong message among the people that the party's hold in the state is intact.
Having this objective in mind, the party brass held a meeting at Rain Basera in Sujanpur Tira on Tuesday evening, where Dhumal shared some valuable insights with the party leaders and workers. At the meeting, the party also formed a number of committees - right from organising to media committees and the stage committee - for the success of their programme.
Dhumal told Hindustan Times that the Sujanpur rally would be a historic one, which will give a new dimension to the state's politics in general and the party politics in particular.
Moreover, the people would like to hear the views of the future prime minister of India.
Talking to HT on Wednesday, Dhumal said the people of Indian in general and Himachal in particular were upset and aggrieved by the misrule of the Congress-led UPA government at Center and they would flock to the rally in a large number to know the BJP's plans and policies in the wake of Lok Sabha elections.
He claimed that a pro-BJP wave had swept the country, and the Sujanpur rally would give a fillip to the state politics that would, in turn, benefit the BJP in Himachal.