“Bypolls are just a trailer before the 2017 Assembly polls. Money will be distributed by the rivals for votes. Take the money. Instead of Rs 500, ask them for at least Rs 4,000 for a vote. But in the end, vote for honesty and for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) —- the only party that can wipe out corruption.”
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was seen repeating these lines in almost all the villages of Talwandi Sabo, where he along and other AAP leaders held a road show in support of Prof Baljinder Kaur. Kejriwal supplemented his speeches with his experience as Delhi chief minister: “In our 49 days of work, police stopped taking money, corruption was wiped out from government offices and the same will be done in Punjab once we are in power.”
He said the party was in politics to clean the system. “My aim is not the chair or money. I could have stuck on as Delhi CM or earned a lot as IT Commissioner. But I chose a path for the aam aadmi, who is me and you all.”
Kejriwal is on a two-day visit in Punjab. He will conclude his campaign in Talwandi Sabo tomorrow. Kejriwal’s supporters had told him to cancel the visit, because he is unwell, but the AAP leader said “meri sehat Punjab se zyada kharab nahi hai” (my health is not as bad as that of Punjab).
On the elections in Delhi, he said, “The BJP is afraid as the RSS’s own survey has indicated that they will not win even 32 seats, hence elections are deliberately being delayed.” Asked about groupism in his party and the sudden change in candidate for Talwandi Sabo, Kejriwal said, “Groupism is everywhere, at every workplace. But it has not affected our party ideology at all.”
The AAP leader, who was all praise for Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, targeted SAD and Revenue Minister Bikramjit Majithia in particular. “His sister says save daughters while the brother is all set to spoil the sons. What can one expect from such a government?” Mann added.