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Posted at: Aug 18, 2019, 7:03 AM; last updated: Aug 18, 2019, 6:49 PM (IST)

Khattar to launch BJP’s poll campaign from Kalka today

To embark on Jan Ashirvad Yatra | Rajnath Singh, Himachal CM to be present

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will launch the BJP’s campaign for the upcoming state Assembly elections with the Jan Ashirvad Yatra at Kalka in Panchkula district tomorrow. 

Before the launch of the yatra, the Chief Minister will offer prayers at the famous Kali Mata temple at Kalka. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be present to address the public meeting. Haryana election in-charge and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Jain and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will also be present. All Haryana ministers, including Ram Bilas Sharma, Capt Abhimanyu and OP Dhankar, will be in attendance too.  

On Sunday, the yatra will cover Kalka, Panchkula, Naraingarh, Sadhaura, Jagadhri and Yamunanagar.  It will travel across Haryana. “It will culminate with a rally at Rohtak on September 8 for which invitations have been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” said Subhash Barala, BJP state president, while addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.  

The Chief Minister will travel in a modified bus with a lift for him to reach the rooftop for addressing people. There will be a provision for him to sit in the front and space for senior leaders travelling along with him on a particular day. 

Karnal MP Sanjay Bhatia is coordinating the yatra. Along with him, state ministers Krishan Kumar Bedi and Kurukshetra MP Nayab Saini will also be part of the team.  

The yatra will have five phases — from August 18 to 20, August 22 to 23, August 25 to 29, August 31 to September 2 and September 4 to 6. 

The yatra will be streamed live on social media. It will cover around 150 km a day; the total journey to be 2,100 km.  

“Besides taking the blessings of people, they will be informed about the achievements of the government in the last five years,” said Barala.  “We will ensure that common people do not suffer. An ambulance will accompany the yatra. A minute-to-minute programme has been prepared,” added Barala. 

“We have set a target of 75 plus seats. The Panna Pramukh strategy, which was in place for the Lok Sabha elections, has been analysed again. There are over 20,000 booths. Now, only one worker will be designated for 60 voters,” said Barala. 

To be streamed on social media 

  • The yatra will have five phases — from August 18 to 20, August 22 to 23, August 25 to 29, August 31 to September 2 and September 4 to 6
  • The yatra will be streamed live on social media
  • It will cover around 150 km a day; the total journey to be 2,100 km
All eyes on Hooda’s rally in Rohtak 

Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda will hold a ‘Mahaparivartan Rally’ in Rohtak on Sunday. He has mobilised workers for the rally amid speculation that he might announce a big decision in the wake of the disregard of repeated demand of Congress MLAs to change the leadership in the state ahead of the Assembly elections

Invites sent to PM, Amit Shah: Barala

The Jan Ashirvad Yatra  will culminate with a rally at Rohtak on September 8 for which invitations have been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. We have set a target of 75 plus seats. The Panna Pramukh strategy, which was in place for the Lok Sabha elections, has been analysed again. Subhash Barala, BJP State President

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