MOHALI: Learning from the past mistakes — theirs as well as of other parties — Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi (AAP) Party National convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the party will announce their CM face in next week for Punjab assembly election.
While addressing a press conference here in Mohali, he shared, “We have prepared a 10-point ‘Punjab Model’ for the development and prosperity of the state if AAP comes to power. We will make Punjab so prosperous that the youth who have migrated to Canada for employment would want to return in the next 5 years. If voted to power, we will wipe out the drug syndicate from Punjab, ensure justice in all cases of sacrilege, and end corruption. We will set up 16,000 mohalla clinics and provide free treatment to every Punjabi. We will also provide 24/7 free electricity.”
He said that the Aam Aadmi Party will surely announce CM face for Punjab election by next week. However, he did not reveal if the candidate would be from Punjab or Delhi.
Drug problem has been an area of huge concern for Punjab and understandably, demand for its eradication tops the top political promises. In keeping with the larger public sentiment, Kejriwal said that if AAP is voted to power, their party motive will be to wipe out the drug syndicate from Punjab and ensure justice in all cases of sacrilege — another burning issue, albeit political.
Beside this, he spoke of bringing health to all, especially at the ground level and said that like in Delhi, the AAP government will also set up 16,000 mohalla clinics so every single citizen gets free treatment.
On the matter of alliance with Sanyukt Samaj Morcha led by Balbir Singh Rajewal contests the Punjab Assembly elections, he clarified that a meeting did take place with Balbir Singh Rajewal, but the matter got stuck as Aam Aadmi Party had already announced 90 candidates, and the Kisan Morcha was asking for 60 seats.
The single phase assembly elections in Punjab will be held February 14, and the counting will be done on March 10 for total 117 seats.
The Congress had emerged victorious in the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls winning 77 seats, while the AAP had won in 20 constituencies. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance had won 18 seats.