Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, on the third day of his Punjab visit Saturday, held an ‘open’ meeting with party workers and volunteers in the lawns of the farmhouse at village Jhande of Ludhiana.
Unlike Friday when workers were called inside in small groups and closed-door meetings were held leading to chaos, Kejriwal on Saturday listened to queries in the open and replied on the microphone.
Even as AAP leader Sanjay Singh is facing a defamation suit for referring to state Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia as a “drug lord,” Kejriwal reiterated that “very soon Majithia will go to jail.”
“Ek cheez ki guarantee main deta hoon, Majithia jail jayega. Drugs bandh honge (I can guarantee that Majithia will go to jail. Drugs menace will be curbed),” roared Kejriwal as some workers questioned him about the drug menace in the state. In a direct attack on Delhi police that comes under the Centre, Kejriwal said, “Punjab mein toh police bhi hamare saath hogi, inhe jail bhejenge (Even the police will be with us in Punjab, we will send these people to jail).”
He added that AAP would push industrial growth in villages to generate employment, which he said would reduce drug addiction.
As soon as some workers starting discussing party in-fighting and posed queries to Kejriwal on ‘non-deserving’ people being given tickets, Kejriwal refused to answer their queries and said that “Currently Punjab, not party in-fighting, is important.’
Kejriwal also clarified that his wife would never be CM candidate of Punjab. “Some people are spreading rumors that my wife, Sunita Kejriwal, will join Punjab politics and will be the CM candidate. It is completely baseless. She has taken retirement from her job and is busy with our children. These are all rumors,” he said.
A group of volunteers who had a complaint against Ludhiana (West) candidate Ahbaab Grewal were allegedly denied entry. “We had gone there with high expectations. We were asked to fill a form and then we waited for nearly two hours. We had some complaint against Ludhiana west candidate Ahbaab Grewal but his own men were at the gate and we were not allowed to go inside… We are not ready to support corrupt candidates but Kejriwal is not ready to listen a word against them,” said Amandeep Bains, one of the protesters.
Kejriwal was also asked about stray cattle issue and a worker said, “No political party will agree to this but cow slaughter is the only solution to this problem. Will you allow it?” Kejriwal remained diplomatic and said, “We will see as per Punjab’s situation.”