Now, know Punjab better than Badals, Captain: Kejriwal
JALANDHAR/KAPURTHALA: After four days of going around Punjab, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday claimed he now knew the state better than its ruling Badal family and state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh.
In more than 12 programmes organised by traders, industrialists, and non-resident Indians (NRIS) in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, Kejriwal sold them the dream of “prosperity under the Aam Aadmi Party rule”.
“We can win even by staging rallies before (2017) assembly polls. But we want to study Punjab closely,” said Kejriwal, adding: “Other parties impose policies on you; we’d have you make those.”
He said the AAP was coming out with a ‘Punjab Dialogue’ with stakeholders to gather feedback about their grievances and suggestions for the party’s election manifesto. “I am astonished that a huge number of industrial units shut down in Punjab because of bad governance and extortion under inspector raj.
In Delhi, the situation was not different before we came but now look at the difference we have made in one year because we took business com munity into confidence and curbed unnecessary raids,” he added.
At another session with prominent industrialists of Jalandhar, he heard business men rue growing corruption high electricity tariff, non payment of value-added-tax (VAT) refunds, and poor infra structure.
The NRIS at AAP’S office in Chaheru told him about their “harassment by the state government” and how “Akal goons” had grabbed their prop erty.
“NRIS have a big role to play in building Punjab,” said Kejriwal, adding: “If the AAP forms the government in the state, it will work with them for the prosperity of their moth erland. We’ll make Punjab the best investment destination in the country.”
Police lathicharge and forcefully disperse BJP workers during their protest against AAP party leader Arvind Kejriwal after he arrived in Batala on Sunday.