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Committees looking after each aspect

punjab Updated: Feb 22, 2014 15:41 IST
Anshu Seth

The state government has pressed the administrative machinery into the "Fateh Rally" campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

BJP national president Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders, including Shanta Kumar and Jagat Prasad, are expected to be present during the mega event at Jagraon in this district on Sunday. Going by the claims of the Akali-BJP leaders, more than 5-lakh people will attend the rally.

Special committees are looking into security, refreshments, and parking arrangements at the venue. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh
Majithia, and state BJP president Kamal Sharma have reviewed the preparations many times in the past seven days.

Instead of using the party fund, the state's ruling combine has found an easy way of doing financial management of the event: involve the administration. The district transport officers (DTOs) have the most significant duty: of getting buses from private transporters.

Crying foul, a small transporter with a fleet of six mini buses said: "I have been ordered to send my entire fleet to ferry people to the rally. As it is, we get no permit to use main routes in Punjab, and now we are forced to handover our buses as well."

Free fuel; cops rallied

The food and civil supplies controllers have asked the fuel dealers to fill the tanks of the buses, trucks and other vehicles that will go to the venue. Thousands of policemen have been pulled out from across the state and made to camp in Ludhiana without proper arrangements for stay. The station house officers (SHOs) concerned have adjusted them in nearby gurdwaras.

Langar for 2-lakh: cost to gurdwaras

Not only the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) but also the private gurdwara trusts have been asked to prepare "langar" (community kitchen food) for almost 2-lakh people and send it to the venue.
"We are watching all arrangements minutely to ensure that the rally is a success without causing inconvenience to the common man," said district BJP president Praveen Bansal.