Ludhiana, Jan 27: The battle of Punjab is set to heat up with big rallies scheduled in the state on Friday. It will be a full-blown fight in Punjab on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing rallies in the poll-bound state.
Prime Minister Modi is set to address a rally in Jalandhar on Friday and another one in Ludhiana on Sunday. Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda Rural and Majitha. Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Patial at 12 noon.
The battle for Punjab has become even more interesting after former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress and decided to fight from the Amritsar East seat. It is being said that like Uttar Pradesh alliance, Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi also played a major role in getting Sidhu to the party. Speaking to NDTV earlier this week, Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder said, “Priyanka played a major part in bringing Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh, the hockey legend, to Congress.”
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh has also decided to fight the Punjab Assembly elections 2017 from two seats. He would be fighting not just from his home bastion Patiala, but will also give a direct fight to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the Lambi seat. Captain Singh has said that he is confident of defeating Badal on the seat and in the state.
On the other hand, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance has been attacking the Congress for Sidhu’s ‘U-turn’ and the AAP for ‘being backed by Khalistani elements’. The Akali Dal, in its manifesto, released earlier this week has promised over 20 lakh jobs to the youth and turning the cities of Punjab into technology, tourism, handloom hubs. The SAD has also promised development of the state’s rural areas to make them as good as the urban areas. Its ally BJP in its manifesto focuses on physical infrastructure, poverty elimination, education and health care.
It is an interesting three-way battle in Punjab with mixed results coming out of different opinion polls. Punjab is set to go to polls on February 4 and the counting of seats will take place on March 11.