Former Punjab chief minister and party’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh’s rallies in the poll-bound Dhuri segment is likely to be a show of strength.
More than 20 MLAs will accompany Amarinder, who will address four public rallies and also hold a road show on his first day of campaigning in favour of the Congress-backed Sanjha Morcha candidate Simar Pratap Barnala.
So far, state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Brahm Mohindra and other local leaders were canvassing for Barnala. More than 30 Congress MLAs have so far not participated in the election campaign.
After Amarinder’s announcement to campaign in Dhuri, members of his team, including Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar, Kewal Dhillon and Gurkirat Singh Kotli, held a series of meetings to mobilise voters for Amarinder’s rallies. Dhillon has been appointed as in charge of his campaign.
“We have divided Dhuri into eight clusters and Amarinder will address a rally in each cluster, besides visiting Dhuri town. More than 20 MLAs have confirmed their participation in the rallies,” said Dhillon. He said Congress workers in Dhuri were upbeat ahead of Amarinder’s rallies.
He said on Monday, Amarinder would address rallies at Meemsa, Ghanuri Kalan, Kanjla and Benra, where residents of adjoining villages will converge to listen to the former CM. He would hold a road show in the city in the evening, he added.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will also hold rallies in Dhuri. Claiming that the ruling alliance would win the Dhrui bypoll by record margin, Sukhbir took a potshot at Amarinder over his announcement to canvass for the Congress-backed candidate.
“Is he coming?” he had joked in the public and then said that “Captain is welcome in the battleground. We will defeat the Congress by a record margin,” said Sukhbir while addressing rallies in Dhuri.
Amarinder had withdrawn from the campaign accusing Bajwa of ignoring him. However, later the Congress high command persuaded him to campaign.