2017 Assembly Polls: In AAP plans, ‘extensive stay’ for Arvind Kejriwal in Punjabhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/2017-assembly-polls-in-aap-plans-extensive-stay-for-arvind-kejriwal-in-punjab/

2017 Assembly Polls: In AAP plans, ‘extensive stay’ for Arvind Kejriwal in Punjab

Party sources said Kejriwal would come to Punjab in July next year ahead of the 2017 polls.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

To give “undivided attention” to the 2017 Punjab assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has planned to camp in Punjab for a substantial period of time before the polls.

Party sources said Kejriwal would come to Punjab in July next year ahead of the 2017 polls. He is likely to delegate important responsibilities to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in his absence but would also visit Delhi, the sources said.

“He will hold meetings in every assembly constituency of the state during his stay in Punjab. There are a total of 117 assembly segments and Kejriwal will meet party volunteers in all of them,” said an AAP leader who did not wish to be named. Jalandhar and Ludhiana would be Kejriwal’s “bases” and he would tour the entire state, the leader added.

“If AAP has to contest Punjab assembly elections seriously,  the party chief is required to be here to boost the workers’ morale and to curb internal differences in the party during  election time,” said another leader. He added that there was no better chance for the party than the 2017 assembly polls as the people of Punjab had reposed faith in the party during the May 2014 Lok Sabha elections.