With little time left to campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections, the AAP is putting the final touches to a concerted effort to woo the Punjabi voters in the national capital. Senior party leaders said it was no coincidence that on the penultimate day of campaigning, the AAP’s chief ministerial candidate held jan sabhas in Tilak Nagar, Rajouri Garden and Moti Nagar — all constituencies with a considerable Punjabi population.
Party leaders said even as the AAP is confident of a victory, Kiran Bedi’s nomination required a focused effort in these constituencies.
“We have been very strong in these seats, and two of the three areas where jan sabhas were held on Wednesday have Sikh candidates. One is Jarnail Singh, who is already an MLA from Tilak Nagar, and the other is also Jarnail Singh, who once threw a shoe at Congress minister P Chidambaram to protest the then government’s stand on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue. We have to counter the fact that Kiran Bedi is from the community, as well as the BJP’s move towards an SIT on the 1984 riots,” a senior leader said.
Party strategists said leaders from Punjab have been made to campaign extensively in Delhi. Bhagwant Mann has done 118 jan sabhas, Jasraj Jassi has conducted over 40, and H S Phoolka has conducted over 20.
“Gul Panag has also held five bike rallies, and over 20 jan sabhas. We have held a press conference on how our government will crack down on drugs, which is a huge problem in Punjab,” a leader said. Leaders also said that close to 7000 volunteers have arrived from Punjab and been made to fan out across the city.
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