MCD election: Punjab CM Amarinder may address four rallies in Delhi
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh may address the first rally in Rajouri Garden. The Congress is hoping that Singh will help them win over Punjabis and Sikh voters. Bypoll to Rajouri Garden assembly seat will be held on April 9.delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2017 07:50 IST
The Congress has planned at least four rallies for newly elected Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh -- hoping to reap the benefits of the party’s victory in the assembly polls in the April 22 Delhi municipal elections.
The first meeting -- the date is yet to be fixed -- will be held in the Rajouri Garden assembly constituency where bypoll will be held on April 9.
The venue for the first rally has been strategically chosen as the seat is dominated by Sikh and Punjabi voters.
The Rajouri Garden seat fell vacant after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Jarnail Singh quit to contest the Lambi seat in Punjab against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal. The seat was earlier won by SAD and BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa in 2013.
The party had earlier planned the rally on the weekend – March 25 or 26 -- but the schedule was changed as the Punjab CM will be busy with the assembly session at that time. A party leader said Singh will come to Delhi on Tuesday and the dates will be finalised after consulting him.
The Congress nominated Meenakshi Chandela, a sitting councillor from Khayala ward, for the Rajouri Garden bypoll.
“Tomorrow, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken is meeting Captain saheb to prepare the schedule. He may address three-four rallies in Delhi during the municipal polls. The first rally is planned at Rajouri Garden in view of the by-election. The remaining meetings will be organised in the middle of next month and the venues will be decided later,” said Aman Panwar, incharge (legal affairs), Delhi Congress.
The Delhi Congress plans a civic reception for Singh in Delhi. Party insiders said along with Singh, cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu may canvass along with Maken.
Another party leader said the Congress may rope in other senior national leaders, including ministers under the UPA regime, for election campaigning.
“Minister with expertise in specific fields will be invited. They will prepare a road map for improvement in various departments such as health, environment, education etc,” he said.
First Published: Mar 20, 2017 23:55 IST