En route Kar­nal to Jind, Khat­tar to also take a bike

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab & Haryana - ■ Neeraj Mo­han neeraj.mo­han@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

KAR­NAL : Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar will ride a bike, twice, from his con­stituency, Kar­nal, to Jind to en­thuse party work­ers for the BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah’s rally in the dis­trict on Thurs­day.

Af­ter flag­ging off the con­voy of 1,111 mo­tor­cy­cles from Kar­nal on Thurs­day, he will join them for a few km. The dis­tance be­tween Kar­nal and Jind is around 85km. On Wed­nes­day too, he rode a bike, af­ter tak­ing stock of prepa­ra­tions for the rally.

“Af­ter flag­ging off the con­voy of bik­ers from Kar­nal on Thurs­day morn­ing, the chief min­is­ter will ride a bike for a few kilo­me­tres to en­er­gise party work­ers. Later, he will drive 25-km to the rally venue from Alewa vil­lage in Jind,” said Jag­mo­han Anand, Kar­nal dis­trict pres­i­dent of the BJP. “This will be a his­toric rally as over 1 lakh peo­ple from all 90 as­sem­bly seg­ments will reach Jind on bikes. Rid­ing a bike is not a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I used to drive a mo­tor­cy­cle

reg­u­larly, when I was a Pracharak with the RSS,” Khat­tar said.

On whether the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ac­cept de­mands of the Jats will dent the im­age of the party, the chief min­is­ter said, “It will not have any neg­a­tive im­pact.”

Though no se­nior BJP of­fice­bearer is will­ing to speak on the

need for the rally, a leader, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said, “Jind is con­sid­ered the po­lit­i­cal cen­tre of Haryana. Shah will get to feel the pulse of vot­ers, if elec­tions are ad­vanced.”

“The de­ci­sion to turn it into a bike rally was taken to give im­por­tance to work­ers. Lead­ers and work­ers will travel to­gether and bond well.”

MANOJ DHAKA/HT

Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle in Jind on Wed­nes­day.

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