Jayani ‘stands up’ for BJP workers over VIP seats
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The issue of VIP passes for all the BJP workers who were involved directly or indirectly in making arrangements for the event overpowered the matches. A few BJP workers were denied VIP passes creating unrest among them, and to pacify them, Cabinet Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani stood up from his chair to sit with them in the general category.
Within no time, VIP passes were arranged for the workers. Jayani, on being asked whether he sat on the ground in protest, he said, "Everyone was seeking VIP passes, and the administration was finding it difficult, so just to make the workers feel easy, I sat with them. For us the stadium was filled with VIPs as the match was organised in Fazilka for the first time. So, I sat for a few minutes with our workers, who had toiled hard for the event".
Though Jayani stated that he wanted to tell the workers that every section of the stadium was a VIP stand, his gesture made the administration give a few VIP seats to those workers with whom he was sitting.
Three matches were played at MR Government College in Fazilka on Sunday. The Indian team won the game against Canada 62-16, while women's team of Malaysia beat England 38-29 score. In the men's category, Canada defeated Norway 46-36.
Free langar a big hit among crowds
Over 30,000 people came to watch the match at the stadium that has a capacity of not more than 20,000. Free langar was the main attraction that made the visitors throng in large numbers. The district administration had made this special arrangement in collaboration with a few NGOs, and people were informed about the langar a few day ago. Fazilka saw the maximum turnout in any of the kabaddi matches, so far.