On a day when Arvind Kejriwal in his speech cautioned leaders making statements about contesting elections in other states, saying that it indicated “little bit of hubris”, at least two party leaders, including Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann and MLA from Rajouri Garden Jarnail Singh, said the party should try to make inroads in Punjab.
Bhagwant Mann, MP from Sangrur in Punjab, told reporters, “After the love the people of Delhi have shown us, I think Punjab should be our next step. Kejriwal is a much loved figure in Punjab. In the last seven months, people have seen the kind of work BJP MPs have done, so they want change in Punjab. People there deserve an option in politics.”
Minutes later Kejriwal said, “I have been watching many of our representatives on TV saying we should now contest in this state, and that.
But please remember why the Congress came down. It was because of arrogance. The BJP lost after such a huge victory in Lok Sabha elections because of arrogance. We won 28 seats last time and somewhere we were arrogant because we decided to contest so many seats in LS, but the people taught us a lesson. I have learnt my lesson, and both God and the people of Delhi have told me that we have to serve the people of Delhi for five years.”
Speaking to reporters after his speech, Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh said the party should not forget Punjab. “What the CM has said is true. We have to concentrate on giving Delhi a good government, but we should not forget other states, especially Punjab. We need to divide responsibilities,” Singh told reporters.