Amritsar is all set to host a mega event on the 50 years of the Punjabi suba (province) on Tuesday. A mega rally will be held at Ranjit Avenue at 11am, which will be attended by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and national BJP chief Amit Shah. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and leaders of the SAD-BJP combine will also be present.
The government will also honour around 400 persons who contributed for the formation of Punjabi suba. The district administration is working overnight to ensure the success of the rally and over 40,000 chairs have been set up at the rally venue.
With six stages and colourful décor, the venue is dotted with large hoardings depicting achievements of the Akali-BJP government in the state. One of the hoardings carries description of memorials set up by the Badal government.
Later in the evening, a laser show depicting Punjab’s history and its development over the years will be held at the historic Town Hall. A light and sound show and performances by state artistes has also been planned.
Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the event where prominent personalities, who have made the state proud, will be honoured. These include athlete Milkha Singh, singer Gurdas Maan, shooter Abhinav Bindra, Olympian Balbir Singh Senior and former hockey captain Ajitpal Singh.
The police have stepped up security in and around the holy city. Besides 3,000 police personnel from the city, the administration has requisitioned 2,000 cops from neighbouring districts. Punjab director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora will also be in the city to take stock of security arrangements.
The road to Town Hall will be closed to traffic in the morning.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said there is an open invitation to all for the rally at Ranjit Avenue. The laser show at Town Hall will start at 6.30pm.