Pillion-riding Amit Shah leads 1L strong rally in Jind, Haryana

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BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday appreciated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana for ensuring "corruption-free governance".

Raising his pitch, Shah said: "Listen Hooda ji, the BJP central government has given more funds to Haryana than the Congress government had when it was in power", he said.

According to the claims of BJP leaders, over one lakh bikers will participate in Shah's rally.

However, there were a large number of empty seats at the massive rally, which was expected to see over one lakh participants.

Thousands of security personnel, including Haryana Police and para-military forces, kept a strict watch at the rally venue, areas surrounding it and Jind district and nearby areas. Amit is going to try and persuade people to give the party another chance, as the city is considered crucial in the politics and its influence in the state of Haryana, where, because of the recent controversies its hold has been wavering.

Shah lauded Khattar for giving a corruption-free government in Haryana after decades. Shah will also ride a bike for a short distance to reach the venue tomorrow. The state BJP unit has made it mandatory for all ministers and MLAs to arrive at the rally on bikes, The Indian Express reported.

Tight security arrangements have been made in view of the rally, officials said.

A few Companies of paramilitary forces have also reached Jind.

The All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti had earlier withdrawn their proposed protest rally in Jind tomorrow after talks with Khattar and Union Minister Birender Singh on Sunday night.

Asked about the opposition parties criticising the rally, Khattar said the opposition leaders should not stoop to this level to oppose a political rally. Main opposition INLD had announced it will show black flags and balloons to protest failure of the BJP government on various fronts including the SYL canal issue.