More than 400 NRIs from the United Kingdom and Canada have come out in support of the Congress in Punjab and are preparing to join the party election campaign, with a `jatha’ likely to be flagged off by AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi from New Delhi over the weekend. While around 250 NRIs under the aegis of the Indian Overseas Congress, UK, are arriving over the next two days, more than 150 NRIs are also coming from various parts of Canada to be a part of the Congress campaign. Amanpreet Aulakh, Indian Overseas Congress (Canada), is among those who has already reached India and has extended support to the party. Aulakh said the NRIs from Canada will help take the campaign party agenda forward on the ground across the state. Daljit Singh Sahota, the Indian Overseas Congress (UK) president, in a letter to Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of the AICC Foreign Affairs Cell, said the NRIs from UK would be traveling to India to participate in the elections in Punjab and to campaign vigorously for the Congress party candidates.
The NRIs will move from one constituency to another in a hired bus to spread the message of the Congress party, said Sahota, adding that they had requested Rahul Gandhi to flag off the bus from Delhi on January 23 or 24. The UK NRIs also plan to meet people across constituencies to communicate the party’s message and make the voters aware of the Congress agenda of development and progress for Punjab. The Punjab Congress Pradesh Committee (PPCC) has welcomed the support extended by the NRIs, terming it an important contribution to the party’s campaign and its effort to save the state from falling into the hands of the corrupt Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) or the `outsiders’ from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).