DELHI CHIEF Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal is set to begin the second leg of his Punjab tour from September 24, after he recuperates from a throat surgery. He is expected to stay in Ludhiana till October 3. On Sunday, Kejriwal concluded a four-day Punjab tour with a massive farmers’ rally in Moga where he released the party’s ‘farmers’ manifesto’. He will now head to Bengaluru for the surgery.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said: “According to the plan till now, Kejriwal will stay in Ludhiana when he starts his 10-day tour from September 24. He would move to different constituencies from here every day.” Kejriwal will focus on rural areas in the upcoming tour — unlike the last visit to the state when he met party volunteers and addressed their resentments.
Mann added, “We plan to cover all 117 constituencies in phases and Kejriwal will be visiting each constituency personally to interact with people and understand their issues. This four-day tour was undertaken to hear out workers but the next one will focus on people. Some internal meetings will also be held.”
Kejriwal has already announced that he will be personally taking charge of Punjab affairs in the run-up to the state elections. Upon his arrival in Ludhiana, he had declared: “Ab Punjab mein khoota gaadh ke baithunga, jab tak Badlon ka khoota nahi ukhaad deta. (I will stay in Punjab till I don’t uproot the Badals).” Mann, meanwhile, stressed that “Delhi CM’s prolonged presence in Punjab will not affect work in Delhi at all.” “He does not hold any portfolio in Delhi and these days it is not difficult to manage rest of the work through phones and the internet. He is concerned about Punjab and wants to visit each constituency personally,” said Mann.