New Delhi: For his first rally of 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Punjab’s Gurdaspur town on Thursday as part of the BJP’s campaign to hold 100 rallies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The rally would also kickstart the election campaign for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance in Punjab. (Also read: Ram Temple no Bigger Than Law For PM Modi: Sena)

The state is crucial as the SAD-BJP alliance was trounced by the Congress in the 2017 Assembly elections after having ruled for ten years. In fact, the alliance finished third, behind even AAP.

The Congress has four Lok Sabha members while the SAD also has four. The BJP has only one Lok Sabha member from Punjab.

A leading daily quoted Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik credited PM Modi for doing the most for Punjab as the PM. He cited the opening of Kartapur Corridor, bringing
the perpetrators of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 to justice and exemption of GST from langar items to Modi government.

He mentioned how a large number of groups of people were travelling from Bathinda and other far off places of Punjab just to attend the rally at PUDA ground. The daily also quoted sources as saying that state presidents of both SAD (Badal) and BJP would have a discussion with PM Modi about probable candidates, their election strategy to trounce Congress and minimise the damage of other political parties, including Aam Aadmi Party.

Out of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, SAD contested on 10 while BJP contest on three seats. “This time, every single Lok Sabha seat matters than last time, we will share our viewpoint for sure but eventual decisions will be taken by the respective party,” a source said.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in border districts as well as on the international border with Pakistan.

After addressing the rally, PM Modi will go to Jalandhar to inaugurate the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress at the Lovely Professional University.