Updated: January 29, 2022 11:00:12 am
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal Friday targeted Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over “illegal sand mining” and the Badals over “drug sales” even as he invoked Dr B R Ambedkar in Phillaur, a reserved Assembly constituency in Jalandhar district.
Kejriwal also asked people if they would vote for “reta chor” (sand thieves), “nasha bechne wale” (drug sellers) or “kattar immandar (die-hard honest)” Bhagwant Mann, his party’s chief ministerial face. The Delhi CM was speaking at an indoor meeting of citizens and workers in the constituency in support of AAP candidate Prem Kumar.
“Channi saheb pe aarop lag rahen hain ke vo reta chori karte hain, unnke rishtedaron ke ghar par ED ke raid hui bade-bade noton ki gaddi mili, 111 din mile the unko, unhone woh bhi nahin chhode kamal kar diya . Agar reta choron ki sarkar banegi to kya Punjab ke school acche ho sakte hain, kya bijli mil sakti hai (There are allegations of sand theft against CM Channi, his relatives were raided by the ED and a huge amount of money recovered. He got 111 days, which he did not ‘waste’. Now if a government of sand thieves comes to power, then how will your schools be good and how will the power situation improve in the state),” he asked.
The AAP leader said: “On one side is the Badals and their entire family, on the other side is Channi saheb and on another side is Sardar Bhagwant Mann, who is a staunchly honest man. Mann has been MP for the past seven years and is still living in a rented house, while if a person becomes an MLA in Punjab, he earns three-four big houses and four-five big vehicles in just five years”.
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He said Punjab needs an honest government and an honest CM. “You gave 26 years to Congress and 19 years to the SAD in Punjab… now give five years to us,” he said, adding that if they fail to perform, “Manna and I will not come to seek votes from you”.
Claiming that the next month’s polls are not ordinary elections, Kejriwal said earlier there used to be no alternative but now people have an “honest” party. “Earlier, the Congress used to loot Punjab for five years and angry voters then chose the Akalis, who also looted the state for another five years and angry voters again chose the Congress,” Kejriwal said.
“This turn-by-turn loot continued for years. Now, vote for AAP and its CM face. Mann is a ‘kattar imaandar aadmi’ (die-hard honest man), who has not got even a penny from anyone in his life,” the Delhi CM added.
Kejriwal went on to say that on Republic Day, he had taken a decision that in Delhi’s schools and government offices portraits of Dr B R Ambedkar will be put up. “When you go to vote, keep the photo of Baba Saheb in your mind. If Baba Saheb was alive, for whom would he vote – drug sellers or sand thieves or the honest man,” he asked.
Phillaur is part of the Doaba region, having a sizeable population of the Scheduled Castes community. Attacking both the Congress and the Akali Dal for incidents of sacrilege, he said masterminds of such incidents are yet to be punished. “Had they punished the masterminds, then no one could have dared to commit sacrilege at the golden temple,” said Kejriwal. He said Channi is happy that he has got an FIR registered against Majithia, but the Akali leader is now moving around freely.
“We will not only finish the drug menace but also rehabilitate the youth by providing them good jobs and also bring back those who have migrated to other countries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mann said that if voted to power, the AAP will stop the leakage of extra water from Punjab to Pakistan at Harike Pattan. He added that the AAP government will eliminate all types of agricultural mafia and strengthen the relationship of farmers and arhtiyas.
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