The AAP has postponed the release of its Dalit manifesto in Banga on November 15 by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The party cited demonetisation as the pressing reason for Kejriwal not to leave Delhi till life returns to normal. Instead, Kejriwal will be visiting Punjab for 10 days from November 20, said party sources.
AAP leaders said Kejriwal has cancelled his two-day visit to Goa scheduled for November 11 and 12. “He is the CM of the national capital. He cannot leave the state after this demonetisation. Therefore, he has decided to postpone his visit,” said an AAP leader, adding that the Delhi CM would begin his Punjab tour with a programme in Jalalabad, an Assembly constituency represented by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. He also said that they would announce the next date of release of the Dalit manifesto soon.
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said the Delhi CM did not want to visit Punjab when it was struggling against the Supreme Court verdict on SYL. Amarinder said, “Despite widespread criticism of his lack of comment on the matter, Kejriwal has maintained a deafening silence on SYL. This has unmasked his double standard on the vital SYL issue, on which he has been doing a flip-flop for the past several weeks in what can only be considered his desperate bid to save his government in Delhi.”
Amarinder said the Delhi chief minister has left his party workers in the lurch by calling off the Punjab visit. He demanded that Kejriwal clear his stand on the SYL issue.