Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Ludhiana industrialists on October 18, during a function of the Union Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.
Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla, who announced the schedule to the media here on Sunday, said the party had also requested the PM to address a public rally for two hours after the meeting. After a meeting of the state executive body of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sampla said that for the 2017 assembly election campaign, the party will organise four rallies — in Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar and Fazilka between November 13 and December 13 — targeting youth, women, Scheduled Castes, and farmers.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Thawar Chand Gehlot, and Smriti Irani, besides BJP national president Amit Shah, are expected at these rallies. The party will hold marches in all 117 constituencies to mobilise its workers.
The executive body congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes against terrorist camps in Occupied Kashmir. “It has motivated the entire country and the armed forces. Pakistan stands alienated diplomatically,” said Sampla. “China has also not come out in open support of Pakistan, which means that our government succeeded in distancing our neighbour from even its closest ally.” The executive-body meeting was moved from Pathankot because of evacuation from the border areas after the surgical strikes.
Addressing the BJP state executive body, Sampla remembered Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendyal Upadhyaya. Party’s state affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha said Upadhyaya had made the BJP a strong opposition.