Farmers harvest crop prematurely for event
STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in the outskirts of Jammu city on March 28 in support of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, a senior BJP leader said on Monday. Sitting BJP MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jitendra Singh are seeking re-election from the Jammu and the Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the state. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally to be held at Panchayat Doomi, tehsil Bhalwal, in Jammu on March 28,” BJP national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters here. Khanna reviewed the arrangements of the rally at a meeting of party leaders here after inspecting the venue site. BJP state president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders from the state were present in the meeting. The grand start of the BJP’s ‘Vijayrath’ in the region will take place from this rally, Khanna claimed. He told party leaders that people will be visiting in large numbers to listen to their popular leader and hence, adequate security and other arrangements should be ensured in connivance with the local administration. Meanwhile, farmers in a nondescript hamlet on the outskirts of Jammu harvested their crop prematurely to pave the way for the venue of a mega rally of the Prime Minister. A number of smallholders jointly harvested their wheat crop spread across several hectares of land in Malpur hamlet of Jammu district over the last two days. “We are so happy that Modiji is coming to our village. It will become famous after his visit. We do not want to lose this opportunity and offered our farmland for the venue of his rally. The nearby ground set aside for his rally earlier does not have much space,” a farmer, Kalu Ram, said. He said the smallholders offered their land for the rally by “speedily harvesting semi-ripe wheat crop”, which was to be harvested towards April-end. “We could not have harvested several hectares of farmland by ourselves, so many villagers came forward to help. The village will go down in history once Modi ji arrives here,” another farmer, Daleep Kumar, said.
The farmers said crop can be harvested next year, but “Modiji may not come to the hamlet in the future. We do not want to miss out on this opportunity.
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