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'They neither have leader nor intent', PM Modi targets INDIA bloc at poll rally in Punjab's Patiala

Targets Bhagwant Mann, says he is 'kagzi CM' who is always busy marking his presence in 'Delhi darbar'

'They neither have leader nor intent', PM Modi targets INDIA bloc at poll rally in Punjab's Patiala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally at Polo Ground, in Patiala, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar



Tribune News Service

Mohit Khanna and Aman Sood

Shambhu/Patiala, May 23

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the INDIA bloc neither have a leader nor  an intent, claiming that on the one side there is the BJP and NDA and on the other ‘bhrashtachariyon ka INDI gathbandhan’.

Modi was addressing his first Lok Sabha election rally in the state, at Polo Ground, Patiala.

The PM reached the rally venue amid farmers’ agitation at various points in the district and was welcomed by BJP's Patiala candidate Preneet Kaur, Faridkot candidate Hans Raj Hans, Sangrur candidate Arvind Khanna, Bathinda candidate Parampal Kaur and party’s state chief Sunil Jakhar, among others.

Addressing the gathering, the PM said the INDI alliance wants to divide country and society but Modi wants to make India ‘Viksit Bharat’.

He also targeted Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, saying he is a 'kagzi CM' who is always busy marking his presence in 'Delhi darbar'.

Earlier in the day, farmer unions supporting the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) protesting at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders started their march towards Polo Ground, the venue of Modi's rally.

The farmers are camping at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points since February 13 when their 'Delhi Chalo' march was stopped by security forces.

SKM (Non-Political) leaders Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Sarwan Singh Pandher, Amarjeet Singh Mohri,  Manjeet Singh Rai, who are spearheading the Shambhu and Khanauri Morcha protests, had insisted on talks with PM Modi and said that in case they were not invited, they would move towards the rally venue and show black flags.

Kuldeep Singh Bhateri of BKU (Behru group), Baldev Singh Damheri and Jagjit Singh of Indian Farmer Association said that they were peacefully protesting at Dhareri Jattan toll plaza as the police didn’t let them proceed towards the rally venue.

17:37 23 May
Modi targets Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, says he is 'kagzi CM' who is always busy marking his presence in 'Delhi darbar'
17:35 23 May
Industrialists are leaving Punjab, drug menace is growing and state govt is running on debt: Modi attacks AAP dispensation
17:34 23 May
For 10 years, record lifting of paddy and wheat with timely disbursement of money to farmers: Modi
17:21 23 May
INDI alliance wants to divide country and society but Modi wants to make India 'Viksit Bharat': PM
17:19 23 May
On one side there is BJP and NDA, on other side is 'bhrashtachariyon ka INDI gathbandhan': PM Modi
17:19 23 May
Drugs flourishing, gangster and shooters ruling the state; ‘mantri santri’ doing nothing: Modi
17:16 23 May
They neither have leader nor intent: PM Modi targets INDIA bloc
17:13 23 May
Corruption has ruined Punjab, business making exodus from the state, says PM Modi

 

17:07 23 May
BJP Lok Sabha candidates Preneet Kaur, Arvind Khanna, Geja Ram Valmiki, Parampal Kaur and Hans Raj Hans, beside state party chief Sunil Jakhar present on the stage
PM Narendra Modi being welcomed to the rally venue, at Polo Ground, by Patiala BJP candidate Preneet Kaur. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar
16:48 23 May
Hans Raj Hans was rescued by cops and managed to reach rally venue just before Modi’s arrival

Farmers, policemen had suffered injuries as they locked horns over passage to Hans Raj Hans.

16:42 23 May
Huge number of police personnel manning the venue, beside construction trucks, carrying sand, been parked on slip roads

 

16:41 23 May
The Maharaja Bhalinder Singh Sports Complex also known as Polo Ground witness a packed attendance of BJP workers, despite farmers blocking the entry and stopping people from visiting the venue of PM’s rally
16:27 23 May
‘We had no option but to hold protest…’: Sarwan Pandher

“Despite our repeated attempts the state police emissaries failed to get us any response from the prime minister office pertaining to our questions and therefore we had no option but to hold protest and reach Patiala”, says farmer leader Sarwan Pandher.

16:25 23 May
Chaos at roads leading to Patiala with police barricading the highways and not allowing any movement to and fro from the city

Police call additional reserve force to deal with farmers whose number have swelled at Passiana.

16:21 23 May
Farmers block Sirhind road, Rajpura highway, among other points

Farmers have blocked the Sirhind road, Rajpura highway, Sangrur-Patiala highway and Samana road, and are not allowing smooth traffic movement.

16:19 23 May
Faridkot BJP candidate Hans Raj Hans stuck in a blockade by farmers

The farmers are not letting him go to the rally venue, confirms a senior police officer.

“We will not allow you to leave as you have always belittled our struggle and have praised Modi”, say union members who have surrounded his vehicle near Passiana.

15:44 23 May
Hundreds of farmers hold rally at allotted site near the administrative complex in Patiala
15:29 23 May
Farmers block three highways; heavy police deployed to stop them from entering Patiala city
14:22 23 May
Won't let farmers inside the city at any cost, say police official
14:18 23 May
Protesting farmers block toll plaza at Dhareri Jattan, leading to traffic jam
13:56 23 May
Face-off with police likely as farmers move towards Patiala from Shambhu, Khanauri borders
12:54 23 May
Beside barricading, the police have parked trucks on either side of the Badi Nadi to stop the farmers from proceeding towards the rally venue.
12:54 23 May
Kuldeep Singh Bhateri of BKU (Behru group), Baldev Singh Damheri and Jagjit Singh of Indian Farmer Association said that they were peacefully protesting at Dhareri Jattan toll plaza as the police didn’t let them proceed towards the rally venue.
09:45 23 May
Farmers gather at Shambhu, Khanauri borders

Shambhu: Farmers have assembled at Shambhu and other border points to mark the completion of 100 days of the ongoing protest to press the Centre to accept their demands, which includes a legal guarantee of MSP for crops. The farmers are camping at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points since February 13 when their 'Delhi Chalo' march was stopped by security forces.

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