Updated: January 13, 2022 9:35:40 am
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday launched the party’s ten-point ‘Punjab Model’ for the forthcoming Assembly elections.
He promised justice in sacrilege cases, jobs to youth, corruption-free governance, and asserted that people want to bring his party to power to break the “partnership” between the Badals and the Congress.
‘SSM fighting alone will cost AAP votes’
For the first time, Kejriwal accepted that Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) not entering into an alliance with AAP will cost the party some votes.
The Delhi CM also said that SSM leader Balbir Singh Rajewal had come to him and given a pen drive with some allegations against AAP leadership.
“Rajewal saab had come to meet me. He gave me a pen drive with an audio clip. In that clip two people are heard talking. They were saying Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia take money. They were saying Raghav Chadha goes to 5 star hotels. These are absurd things. Anyone can say anything. Rajewal ji is a simple man and someone has misled him,” he said.
He added: “When Rajewal came to meet me we had already announced 90 seats. He had wanted 60 seats for his party. I told him the 90 people we have already announced are also sons of farmers and it will not be possible to cut their tickets. I had said 27 seats are left you can take 17 out of them. But we could not come to an agreement. I agree that if SSM fights elections separately then some votes of AAP will be cut,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal rejected the allegations that some tickets of AAP had been sold in the state. “Not even one Assembly ticket has been sold in state. If you give proof that a ticket has been sold I will throw out the seller and buyer of tickets. Even after filing if nominations, I if this is brought to my notice with proof I will cancel the ticket and let the seat fall vacant. I will not tolerate corruption. I will follow them to hell and ensure jail to them”.
The Delhi CM hit out at Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi over the failure to arrest Bikram Singh Majithia and for raising the issue of his (Kejriwal’s) apology to Majithia in a defamation case.
“What has my apology to Majithia got to do with his arrest by Punjab government? Did I hold back Channi’s hand? He is going around saying Kejriwal apologised. What has that got to do with his arrest? The entire state knows these people (Congress and Akalis) are hand in glove with each other,” he said.
On the allegations of SAD that AAP was distributing pamphlets which said that voters should take money from others parties but vote for AAP, Kejriwal said AAP had not made any such pamphlets but this is what people of Punjab are saying. “Punjabi will not sell his vote this time. This time Sukhbir Badal will learn a lesson,” he said. Unveiling his ten-point agenda for the state, Kejriwal said, “From 1966, when Punjabi suba was formed, Congress ruled for 25 years and Akalis for 19 years. They have ruled in partnership. They always ruled in collusion. They never took action against each other and both looted. Now people have decided that enough is enough and aam Punjabi’s sarkar is to be formed. They have decided to give a chance to AAP. I have been going around in Punjab asking about issues. We have identified ten-points ‘Punjab Model’,” he said.
AAP’s ‘Punjab Model’
Employment: Kejriwal said: “There is unemployment in every house. Youths are looking to go to Canada. We will make such a Punjab that all those who have gone to Canada will come back in five years,” he said.
Drug menace: Kejriwal alleged that drugs were still being distributed freely in villages. “Congress failed to arrest the sale of drugs. We will finish the entire drug syndicate and mafia,” he said.
Justice in sacrilege cases: AAP chief said that there was no closure in sacrilege cases as big people were involved in the conspiracy. “We will ensure justice in each such case no matter who it is. We have no setting with anyone,” he said.
Corruption free Punjab: AAP will ensure a state where the common man, “who has to give bribe to get his work done,” will no longer have to do that, he said.
Other key points: Better health facilities, improved educational facilities, 24X7 power and free of cost power supply up to 300 units, allowance of Rs 1,000 per month for women above 18 years of age and improvements in agriculture, trade and industry in Punjab to boost incomes and employment.
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