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Punjabis will defeat drug menace by electing AAP: Kejriwal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, June 03, 2014
First Published: 21:37 IST(3/6/2014) | Last Updated: 21:39 IST(3/6/2014)

Happy over the performance of his party in the recent Lok Sabha Polls in Punjab, where it got all of its four seats, Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday expressed confidence that the AAP would form the next government in Punjab after the 2017 assembly polls.

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Kejriwal, who had come to Punjab to thank the people and also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here, said, "The results of the LS election in Punjab show that people have no faith in the SAD-BJP combine and were fed up over the drug menace and rampant corruption." Addressing the media at Jallianwala Bagh, he added, "This is a second freedom struggle, and I am very confident that in 2017 assembly polls the people of Punjab will reject the Akalis and the Congress."

"It is Punjabis who will make Punjab drug- and corruption-free by supporting the Aam Aadmi Party in the next state elections," the former Delhi chief minister said, adding "Till now, the people of Punjab had no option; but now they see AAP as a big hope."

Answering a question about former Amritsar MP and Congress' former CM Capt Amarinder Singh terming some AAP leaders as Naxalites, Kejriwal did not dwell, "We don't believe in politics of allegations and counter-allegations. Our job is to work for the betterment of Punjab, and we will continue to do that."

Also present at the media interaction, the AAP MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann, lashed out at the Punjab government: "Till now the Badal government has been targeting the union government for the drug menace. Now, with the BJP forming the government at the Centre, I will raise my voice in Parliament and corner union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on the issue."

During the day, Kejriwal held a meeting with the party's MPs and senior leaders, including Kumar Vishwas and Manish Sisodia.

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