Amidst heavy rains the Vijay Sankalp Rath Yatra of the BJP was accorded a grand welcome in Pathankot. Whole of Pathankot, Sujanpur and Bhoa turned up for welcoming the Yatra battling the rains and extreme cold. The heavy turnout was a stamp of approval on the developmental works carried out by the Akali-BJP government during the last ten years and the policies of the NDA government at the Centre. In Pathankot the Rath Yatra passed through Nangal Bhor, Talwada Jatta, Model Town, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Peer Baba Chowk, Salaria Chowk, Gadi Ahata Chowk and Shahpur Chowk. Under the Sujanpur assembly constituency the Yatra was greeted by cheering supporters and workers at Khaddi Pul, Jugial, Sujanpur City and Madhopur. In Bhoa the Rath Yatra was showered upon by flowers. Also the Yatra was given a warm welcome at Puja Palace Bath Sahib.
Addressing public gatherings during the course of the Yatra, Punjab BJP president, Vijay Sampla said, “Be it extreme cold or heavy rains, weather can’t be a hindrance between the public and the BJP. United we move forward”. Thanking the public for their huge support, Sampla said that the heavy turnout was a stamp of approval on the developmental works carried out by the Akali-BJP coalition.Slamming Capt. Amarinder Singh, Sampla said that public aside, the PPCC chief had no time to even meet his partymen. “The Congress had an illusion that Pathankot was their bastion but the people handed over all the three assembly seats here to the BJP. This time around the enthusiasm they have shown by turning out in huge numbers for the Rath Yatra, I am quite sure that BJP will score a Hat-trick in winning all the three seats in Pathankot as well as in government formation”, said Sampla.
Meanwhile, former state party chief and senior party leader Ashwini Sharma said that only those can form the government whom the public wants. He said, “The Vijay Sankalp Rath Yatra is being received with open arms all over the state and it is a clear sign that the coalition government will be formed again. Punjab’s voter is wise enough and won’t fall into the trap of Congress and AAP”.All the three BJP MLAs from Pathnakot- Ashwini Sharma, Dinesh Singh Babbu and Seema Devi, Punjab BJP organization general secretary Dinesh Kumar, state party general secretaries Manjit Singh Rai and Jeevan Gupta, state party secretary Vineet Joshi, state BJYM president Shivbir Singh Rajan, state secretary Amit Sampla, district president Anil Rampal, district general secretary Rakesh Sharma, district BJYM president Suresh Sharma, district Mahila Morcha president Beena Parmar, district SC Morcha president Joginder Pal Bamb, Pathankot Mayor Anil Vasudeva, Pathankot Block president Rohit Puri, Bhopal Singh, Suresh Kumar, Rishi Pathania, Jaswant Singh, Kanwarpal, Balwan Singh and Devdutt Sharma were present during the Vijay Sankalp Rath Yatra.