Amit Shah's 'Yuva Hunkar' bike rally in Jind today

11:13AM 15 Feb 18 Preparations in full swing at the venue in Jind on Wednesday. (Express

11:13AM 15 Feb 18 Preparations in full swing at the venue in Jind on Wednesday. (Express

The inclusion of 1 Lakh bikes in the rally has raised some objections, chiefly from the National Green Tribunal, which, responding to a petition, asked the center to respond why they are using so many vehicles for the rally.

On Wednesday, it was an unusual sight as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rode a motorcycle in Jind where he reached to take stock of the arrangements for the mega bike rally.

The Congress has also opposed the rally.

The 63-old BJP leader urged the participants of the rally to wear helmets and some woolen clothes to counter the morning chill. "Even after four years, opponents can not accuse the Modi government of corruption", Shah said at his "Yuva Hunkar" rally in Haryana's Jind.

The Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarkashan Sanghrash Samiti (AIJASS) led by Yashpal Malik made a decision to call off strike during Shah's visit.

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The Haryana government had assured the NGT that only motorcycles with valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates will be allowed in the rally.

The rally is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to consolidate its hold on Jind and adjoining areas. According to sources, Shah will arrive in Jind from Delhi and Haryana CM Khattar will arrive from Chandigarh.

Stating that the previous governments in Haryana and at the Centre were allegedly involved in one scam after the other, the BJP president said it was a matter of "huge honour" that BJP governments in Haryana and at the Centre had given corruption-free administration. Heavy security was deployed during the road show to prevent any untoward incident.

The Haryana Police and paramilitary forces have stationed hundreds of personnel in Jind ahead of Shah's rally in view of the Indian National Lok Dal's plan to disrupt the rally and to release black balloons into the sky, IANS reported.

Meanwhile, Shah, while concluding his speech, said "this is kumbh of party workers, not an election rally".

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