Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday began his poll campaign in Punjab attacking both Akalis and Congress and asked people to vote for AAP to end “corruption, drug abuse, farmer suicides” and put the state back on “right track”.
Addressing a rally at Maghi Mela, Kejriwal said if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) forms the government in Punjab, it will probe the sacrilege incidents in the state and take action against police officers for opening fire at protesting Sikhs at Behbal Kalan in which two persons were killed.
After a massive mandate in Delhi, Kejriwal looks for AAP’s victory in Punjab where the party had secured four Lok Sabha seats in 2014 General Elections.
Here are some quotes from Kejriwal’s speech at Maghi Mela
# “People were fed up with corruption in Delhi. I took action against several officials who were charged with graft. Officers have now stopped demanding money. Though corruption has not been fully eliminated, we have been able to finish 80 per cent of corruption from Delhi.”
# “I was very hurt with the Kotakpura incident where the sacrilege incident occurred… Then on the directions of Badal, police opened fire on Sikh protesters who were peacefully protesting in which two persons died. I take a vow that those who were involved in the incidents of sacrilege will be put behind bars. I will also send cops who fired at innocent people and police officials who ordered them to fire behind bars.”
# “If I attain martyrdom for Punjab, then there will not be any problem.”
# On dynasty politics in Punjab: “You can see in the Badal government. Parkash Singh Badal is CM, his son Sukhbir Badal in Deputy CM, his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal is a (Union) minister. Harsimrat’s brother Bikram Majithia and Badal’s son-in-law are also ministers. Same in the case of Amarinder, his wife Preneet Kaur and son Raninder had also fought elections.”
# “Has the state government acted in providing justice to the Dalits? We will give justice to Dalits for atrocities committed on them during last 10 years.”
# “If voted to power in 2017, AAP govt will give Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of jawans who lost their lives in Pathankot attack.”