RaGa to launch Cong poll campaign from Moga ‘political home’
The Congress Party, it seems, is preparing to leap onto the electoral battlefield from the historic grounds of Moga. After the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) launch their campaigns from the political “home”, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is due to address a campaign rally on January 3 from Moga to poll the party poll. bugle.
In recent years, Moga has become an important political hub in Punjab politics. Not only the Akali Dal, which was its main gatherings and conferences in Moga, but the Congress Party and the AAP also preferred to start their political campaign from there – a district of Malwa located in the heart of Punjab. In addition, Moga was also a breeding ground for peasant and union activities. It was only recently that SAD launched its campaign for the 2022 polls by staging a massive show of force in Moga to commemorate the completion of 100 years of the party’s founding. Prior to that, in March, the AAP launched his state’s electoral campaign by organizing “Kisan Maha Sammelan” – a rally dedicated to farmers and in support of their protest against three agricultural laws in Baghapurana. Now, the Congress party has chosen Moga, who occupies a special place on the Punjab’s political scene, to launch its electoral campaign. Gandhi’s descendant Rahul Gandhi is reportedly addressing the rally in Moga on January 3 to give a much needed boost to the party’s election campaign in the Punjab, which faces strong opposition from the ruling party and several challengers, including the AAP, the SAD-BJP the BJP-Punjab Lok Congress alliance and the farmer-led Samyukta Sanjha Morcha, among other factions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also due to address a rally in the state, but the location has yet to be decided.
On October 4, 2020, while state farmers led the demonstration against the three agricultural laws of the Center, which are now repealed, Rahul Gandhi held “Kheti Bachao Yatra”, on the handlebars of a tractor, with the minister in then leader Capt Amarinder Singh and former Punjabi Congressman Sunil Jakhar and interacted with farmers before addressing a rally in Badhni Kalan.
Prior to the 2019 parliamentary elections, Congress also launched its electoral campaign from Moga with Rahul Gandhi addressing the “Mission 13” rally in Killi Chahlan. In fact, prior to the 2017 Punjab polls, the “Captain Liyao, Punjab Bachao” rally was held in Baghapurana to build support for Capt Amarinder and put pressure on the high command to appoint him head of the State Congress. to the rhythm of Partap Singh Bajwa, who was, at the time, facing a strong rebellion within the party.
Congress, it seems, understands Moga’s importance in Punjab politics – which has become the hub of various social and political movements – with ramifications on the national scene.
Moga was a politically active area even during the days of the freedom struggle, before independence in 1947. The famous freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, was from Dhudike village in Moga district. It was also brought to light in 1972 when a student movement made waves in the Punjab. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who started a separatist movement against the government in the late 1970s, was from the village of Rode near Moga.
It is interesting to note that Akalis launched his political campaigns from Moga before going to the legislative elections, as was the case in 1996, 2006 and 2011, before returning to power – for the first time in the Punjab political history.