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In his first speech since stage since he proclaimed his support to AAP, former Congress politician Jagmeet Brar on Sunday claimed party chief Arvind Kejriwal, considering his birthplace, was a Punjabi.
In previous occasions, Brar was seen on the AAP stage but never spoke. On Sunday’s AAP meet where it released its manifesto for industrialists, Kejriwal motioned Brar to speak.
A pleasantly surprised Brar attacked other political parties who had pointed to Kejriwal being an “outsider” to Punjab politics.
“Kejriwal ji was born in undivided Punjab. Before 1966, there was no Haryana and thus neither the Congress nor SAD or anyone has any right to question his origin. In fact, he is a born Punjabi,” said Brar. “This industry manifesto released today is a new ray of hope, a sunshine that Punjab was waiting for. Kejriwal is the only man who can let this new sun keep shining in our Punjab,” said Brar.
He also hit out at the SAD-BJP government for “blaming” AAP in desecration episodes in the last few months. He also repeated AAP’s belief of an alleged nexus between the Badals and Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh.
“It a deal that has been struck between SAD and Congress that Captain has been freed from vigilance inquiry (in the alleged AIT scam),” he said.
AAP sources confirmed to The Indian Express they had not expected Jagmeet Brar to speak at the event.
“I gave unconditional support to AAP. It (being called to speak) was a pleasant surprise for me too. I am grateful to Kejriwal,” said Brar.
On his purported tiff with AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, Brar said that there was nothing of that sort ever.
“Honest people like Mann are being targeted for no reason, while other corrupt leaders roam free,” said Brar.
AAP politicians including HS Phoolka, Bhagwant Mann, state convenor Gurpreet Ghuggi, Sanjay Singh, Kanwar Sandhu, Jarnail Singh and other party candidates appeared together in a public event after long time. In the Moga rally, Phoolka had not come after his alleged displeasure over treatment meted out to volunteers during Kejriwal’s visit and in Chhapar rally, Mann gave it a miss despite an invite from Phoolka.