The second show of strength, ‘Adhikar rally’, held by expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kishan Lal Sharma failed to leave much impact as prominent leaders chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Patiala member of Parliament (MP) Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, suspended Akali MLA Pargat Singh, Ludhiana Bains brothers did not turn up for the rally.
Only Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa, with relatives of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev Singh, joined the rally organised on the Ajit Nagar road in Kishanpura.
Speaking at the rally, Sharma blamed Jalandhar central MLA Manoranjan Kalia, but without naming him, for shifting the venue of the rally from central town to Ajit Nagar.
Earlier, the rally was proposed to be held in central town where Kalia resides. Sharma, who is chairman of the Jan Jagriti Manch, alleged the MLA pressurised the police officials to deny permission for the rally in the central town.
He alleged by not allowing the rally on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh at the scheduled place, the MLA has shown disrespect to the martyr.
Surprisingly, Sharma did not take Kalia’s name this time. On May 27 at a press conference, he had levelled serious allegations against him, claiming that Qazi Mandi, Guru Nanak Pura and Chuggiti areas had become drug havens and Kalia was responsible for the same.
Fatehgarh Sahib MP Khalsa accused the governments of having forgotten the sacrifices of freedom fighters and used their names only to garner votes. He attacked both central and Punjab governments and the Aam Aadmi Party.
Advocate Sukhwinder Jit Singh Sangha, grandson of Bhagat Singh’s brother Rajinder Singh, and Vishal Nayyar, grandson of martyr Sukhdev were also present at the rally.