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Arvind Kejriwal sells Delhi model to Punjab: ‘Will end corruption in two months’

Kejriwal promised free mohalla clinics, free medicines, and better healthcare in all government hospitals of Punjab.

Kejriwal with wives of farmers who committed suicide, in Sangrur Thursday. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
Kejriwal with wives of farmers who committed suicide, in Sangrur Thursday. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)

Claiming that Delhi has witnessed the work of an “imaandaar sarkar” (honest government) in the last one year under the Aam Aadmi Party, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday promised to eradicate corruption in Punjab in two months if his party is elected to power.

The people (of Punjab) have already made up their mind to vote for AAP, and this visit is to get feedback for framing our election manifesto to form a ‘New Punjab’ in 2017, the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor said as he kicked off his five-day visit to Punjab.

Kejriwal visited rural and urban areas in Sangrur, Mansa and Talwandi Sabo, in south Punjab, and met families of farmers who committed suicide, shopkeepers and villagers.

“The visit is to give a healing touch to ailing Punjabis. We are not here to criticise anyone,” said Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, who accompanied Kejriwal on his visit.

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Kejriwal promised free mohalla clinics, free medicines, and better healthcare in all government hospitals of Punjab.

Focussing on his government’s achievements in Delhi, Kejriwal made only brief references to the SAD-BJP alliance in the state, blaming the Badals for the poor state of affairs.

Governments, he said, have enough funds to provide facilities to the people but lack the will. “We are a fakkad (penniless) party. We have no funds to contest polls,” he said. “In Delhi, we contested with just Rs 20 crore, collected from voluntary donations, and created a record by winning 67 of 70 seats,” he said.

Starting his tour from Mauran village in Sangrur, Kejriwal said, “In Delhi, Centre is creating many hurdles and despite that we have performed so well. We saved Rs 350 crore from the cost of construction of three flyovers, and that money is being used in healthcare. After running the government for one year in Delhi, despite all odds, I am confident AAP will remove corruption from (public) offices of Punjab in two months.”

Kejriwal promised free mohalla clinics, free medicines, and better healthcare in all government hospitals of Punjab.

After interacting with shopkeepers, he accepted suggestions on introducing incentives for VAT collection, tax slabs for small shopkeepers, and assured an end to random raids by sales tax department.

“I am from a business family, and I will not run the government in losses,” he said.

He met three widows in Lehal Kalan village of Lehragaga constituency, where a woman named Karnail lost her husband in March 2012, and her two sons committed suicide in July 2012 and June 2014.

Kejriwal also visited the family of Baldev Kaur of Chhajali village — four men of the household committed suicide between 2000 and 2011.