In a bid boost its electoral prospects, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has sought the top leaders of its alliance partner BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his senior cabinet colleagues and party chief Amit Shah, to campaign in Punjab that will go to the polls on May 19.
Modi and Shah will address three big rallies each. While Shah will address a rally in Pathankot on May 5, the PM is likely to address one in Bathinda, where SAD chief Sukhbir Badal’s wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is contesting from, on May 13. Modi will also address another rally in Hoshiarpur the same day.
The dates for the remaining three rallies are being finalised, it was learnt. As suggested by the Akali Dal, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will stay in the state for a couple of days and address smaller rallies, particularly in the urban areas.