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Political parties gear up for Jor Mela in Punjab

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 17:05

Fatehgarh Sahib: Major political parties in Punjab are going all out to make their conferences during the annual Jor Mela, beginning here on Tuesday, a show of strength, and to woo voters ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal-led People`s Party of Punjab (PPP) will be organising its first political conference during the Mela, party sources said.
The party is organising its political conference near Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup, they said.

With political conferences at the Mela scheduled for December 26, the SAD and the Congress leaders are leaving no stone unturned to make their conference a show of strength and to woo voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Splinter Akali factions, too, will also hold separate conferences.
SAD (Badal) general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra told reporters that the entire state cadre of the party would take part in the Mela and elaborate preparations have been made for it.

The principal opposition party of the state, Congress, too wants to make the most of the occasion, though its primary focus, said sources, would be on bringing all its leaders - Capt Amarinder Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhathal, Sunil Kumar Jakhar, Shamsher Singh Dullo and Jagmeet Singh Brar - on a common platform.

According to Congress leaders associated with the arrangements for the event, party activists from Fatehgarh Sahib and surrounding districts have been assigned the task of mobilising workers.

Punjab state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said, "We have sent invites to all our leaders. We expect a huge gathering."

First Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 17:05

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