AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday reiterated his allegation that ruling SAD and opposition Congress have “joined hands” for the assembly elections slated to be held next year. “The Badal family and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh have planned to contest the state polls collectively. But, their alliance will not be able to stop the revolution initiated by the people of Punjab. AAP will form government in the state with huge margin,” he claimed in Adampur.
“Both the traditional parties are now afraid of public outrage and therefore they are helping each other. Badals are even sponsoring Amarinder Singh’s hoardings and banners,” said Kejriwal, who is currently touring Punjab ahead of the next year’s polls. The Delhi Chief Minister again alleged that the entire family of Amarinder Singh has “stashed huge amount of ill-gotten money” in Swiss bank accounts when the latter was the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. Amarinder had recently said the alleged account numbers, the AAP leader says are held by his family members, were the same old numbers which Kejriwal’s colleague Ashish Khetan had released in March this year “and it was a sham.”
“Amarinder looted the money from Punjab and deposited it in Swiss banks, but (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh) Badal have taken no action against him,” Kejriwal alleged. Accusing the Prime Minister of “harassing people in the name of fight against black money”, Kejriwal asked, “Why has he not taken any action against Amarinder despite having proofs of his Swiss accounts?”
Accusing the ruling Badals of committing atrocities against the Dalit community, he said if voted to power in Punjab, AAP will provide all facilities to the community and a representative from the Dalit community will be made the deputy chief minister of Punjab. The social welfare schemes being run in the state will be further extended and Dalit families will get 400 units of electricity along with gas connections free of charge, Kejriwal said.
“Like in Delhi, AAP will introduce Mohalla Clinic scheme in Punjab and the poor will get free treatment and medicines in these clinics,” Kejriwal said and also promised to provide better education in government schools of the state. Speaking on the occasion, AAP Punjab Convener, Gurpreet Singh Waraich alleged that SAD, Congress and BJP have been “looting” Punjab for the last 70 years.
“The state’s agriculture and youth have been ruined by these traditional parties,” he alleged and appealed people to unite “for the cause of a new and better Punjab”.