Aam Admi Party’s 310 km-long ‘Nawan Punjab’ march, which commenced from Fatehgarh Sahib on March 25, culminated at National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala here on Wednesday. Large number of party volunteers chanted the slogan ‘Aao Sirjiye Nawan Punjab’.
AAP Punjab affairs incharge Sanjay Singh said, “We will build a new Punjab free from drugs, unemployment, corruption, land, sand, cable, transport and liquor mafia.”
Applauding the foot march by the party’s youth wing, AAP leader Gurpeet Singh Ghuggi termed it a start to the end of Badal’s rule in Punjab. “We will introduce the life history of all martyrs who rendered supreme sacrifice for the freedom of the nation in school and college syllabi. Successive governments have deliberately omitted the same,” said Ghuggi.
Ghuggi also coined a new slogan for the party, “Kejriwal-Kejriwal, Sara Punjab Teere Naal”. Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann accused Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh of playing a “friendly match” in politics and fooling innocent people of the state.
AAP youth wing workers, led by president Harjot Singh Bains, passed through 122 villages during the march. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were unceremoniously cremated by British Indian authorities on the banks of Sutlej where the memorial stands.
“It was organised to exhort the residents of Punjab to make a new Punjab, free from vices including drug addiction, farmer suicides, unemployment, corruption, land, sand, cable, transport and liquor mafia,” said Bains, while addressing the gathering in scorching heat.
“In their two successive regimes, Akalis have failed on all fronts and did not deliver on many of their election manifesto promises, be it Rs 1,000 monthly unemployment allowance, free laptops and data cards for Class 11 and 12 students,” he said.
Sandeep Kaur, 22, a young party leader from Parag village in Sangrur gave a call to the youth of state to follow the footsteps of the martyrs and come forward to uproot the alleged “misrule” of Akalis.