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Joshi cuts short abroad tour to return for Modi's rally

punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2013 19:00 IST
HT Correspondent

State industry minister Anil Joshi is so enthusiastic about the 'Sankalp rally' to be addressed by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi that he cut short his private visit to Australia and New Zealand and rushed back home.

He was to return home on June 25, but decided to rush back after learning about the enthusiasm and excitement the rally had generated in the rank and file of the BJP.

"How could I stay away when the rally is being held in my home state. Moreover it is being addressed by Modi, who is destined to lead the country," said Joshi while addressing the media at his residence here on Saturday.

Joshi, who returned in the early hours on Saturday, said that he was surprised that Indians in Australia and New Zealand were aware of Modi's rally at Madhopur in Pathankot district on June 23. He claimed that many of them made inquiries about Modi's political abilities and administrative skills that had made Gujarat the Numero Uno state in India.

The minister claimed that all BJP workers of Amritsar were excited about Sunday's rally. Many, including women, had come forward to express their desire of attending the rally so that they could get a glimpse of Modi, he added.

Joshi remained busy through the day attended meetings and making arrangements for ferrying party workers to Madhopur. He claimed that around 130 buses besides a large number of jeeps and cars had been hired to take party leaders and workers to Madhopur for the rally.