Ke­jri­wal greeted with black flags again

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab - Av­tar Singh av­[email protected] n

In an em­bar­rass­ment for the state lead­er­ship, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) na­tional con­vener and Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal was greeted with black flags by pro­test­ers for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day on Tues­day.

Ke­jri­wal, who started cam­paign­ing for the party can­di­dates on Mon­day, faced protests at Karam­garh vil­lage of Bar­nala and near Dhuri over­bridge in San­grur dur­ing his road­show in favour of sit­ting MP Bhag­want Mann who is seek­ing re-elec­tion from San­grur.

The pro­test­ers were up­set over Ke­jri­wal’s apol­ogy to Akali leader Bikram Singh Ma­jithia to set­tle a drug charge-re­lated defama­tion case last year, be­sides Mann’s fail­ure to bring any ma­jor de­vel­op­ment project to the area. The road­show started from Bar­nala and cul­mi­nated at Dirba af­ter pass­ing through Sher­pur, Dhuri and San­grur towns.

Dis­miss­ing the protests, Ke­jri­wal al­leged that they were peo­ple hired at ₹250 each. “This is the only em­ploy­ment that the Amarinder Singh gov­ern­ment has pro­vided to them,” he said. The Delhi CM said he is still against drug men­ace but the cir­cum­stances forced him to take a step back.

“I have met many peo­ple, but they did not ask about any apol­ogy. The ques­tion is only in the me­dia. I want to make it clear that I was fac­ing over 33 cases which wasted a lot of my time as I had to go to court for hear­ings on daily ba­sis,” he said.

The state unit of the AAP was pin­ning its hopes on Ke­jri­wal’s back-to-back road­shows in San­grur, Bathinda and Farid­kot but the re­sponse has been tepid so far as com­pared to his vis­its in the run-up to the last two par­lia­men­tary and state assem­bly polls. Ke­jri­wal was a huge draw then.

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Peo­ple show­ing black flags to Ke­jri­wal at Karam­garh vil­lage on Tues­day.

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