Badal asks SAD-BJP combine to ensure NDA's victory
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has called upon the leaders and workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not to let go off the 'golden chance' of bringing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections and making Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi the next prime minister of the country.punjab Updated: Feb 13, 2014 18:44 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has called upon the leaders and workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not to let go off the 'golden chance' of bringing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power in the coming Lok Sabha elections and making Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi the next prime minister of the country.
He made this appeal while addressing a joint meeting of the SAD and BJP leaders from the districts of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot here on Wednesday. The meeting was called specifically to mobilise them to ensure the maximum possible crowd for Modi's public rally to be held at Jagraon on February 23.
In his address, Badal claimed that the chances of Modi becoming the prime minister were bright and this opportunity must not be missed. He called upon all the SAD and BJP leaders and workers to put in their best efforts to ensure the NDA's success in the parliamentary polls. "It is going to be now or never", he added,
Badal also laid stress on unity among all ranks of the SAD and BJP. He made it clear that the two parties were inseparable and they must work unitedly to ensure that Modi becomes the prime minister.
Referring to Modi's upcoming rally, the chief minister said that every leader must ensure its success and bring the maximum possible people to Jagraon. He said at least 25 "packed buses" from every assembly segment of Punjab should reach Jagraon on February 23.
Others who addressed the meeting included deputy chief minister and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and BJP state president Kamal Sharma. They too spoke on similar lines, calling upon the workers to make the rally a grand success.
BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh said that the meeting primarily centered around the Jagraon rally and the preparations being made in this regard.
Chugh said that during the meeting it was also informed that the BJP workers had covered 4,800 villages of Punjab for collecting pieces of iron for the proposed giant statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 'Ironman of India', to be installed in Gujarat. Another 12,000 villages are left to be covered.
The senior leadership of both the parties from the four districts was present in this meeting. These included cabinet ministers Anil Joshi and Bikram Singh Majithia and a majority of the MLAs of the two parties. Veteran leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sewa Singh Sekhwan were also present. Cine star and BJP's prospective candidate from Gurdaspur, Vinod Khanna was also seated on the stage.