Arvind Kejriwal’s whirlwind tour of Punjab has the Congress on tenterhooks, particularly after the issues he raised on Thursday.
The AAP national convenor and Delhi chief minister was in Malwa region where he visited families of farmers who had committed suicide. The Congress unit kept a close watch on his activities, announcements and the response from people.
His announcement to rout out corruption in two months and work out a tax regimen in consultation with industrialists if AAP was voted to power had a few Congress leaders ruing that their party could have made these announcements before Kejriwal.
“We did not need to give him this opportunity to nail the corruption issue. We should have done that. We promised to rout the drug menace in four weeks. In a similar way we should have hit out at corruption too,” said a senior Congress leader.
While Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh was silent on Kejriwal’s visit, the former’s close aide, Gurui Harsahai MLA Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, called him a “trader of dreams” who never fulfilled his promises. Rana Sodhi said that even the Supreme Court had recently admonished Kejriwal for running to it for every single issue. He dared Kejriwal to spell out his five promises for Punjab.
Several Congress leaders though kept a close tab on Kejriwal’s programmes and looked to take advantage of the controversy that erupted in Mansa, when the media got upset and alleged misbehaviour by AAP cadre.
The Congress harped on the issue, stating AAP had meted out similar treatment to the media in Jalandhar some time ago. The party leaders are also devising a strategy to take on Kejriwal in the coming days.