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Arvind Kejriwal promises holy cities what they already have

A clueless Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has promised ‘holy city’ status to Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib, which they have already.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2016 09:51 IST
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Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was quick to respond in Chandigarh that “liquor is forbidden already in cities housing prominent gurdwaras, and Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib also continue to be official holy cities.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was quick to respond in Chandigarh that “liquor is forbidden already in cities housing prominent gurdwaras, and Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib also continue to be official holy cities.(HT Photo)

A clueless Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has promised ‘holy city’ status to Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib, which they have already.

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“If the AAP forms the government in Punjab (next year), there will be complete ban on liquor, tobacco, cigarette, and meat in the walled city of Amritsar,” Kejriwal said after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on Friday morning. Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was quick to respond in Chandigarh that “liquor is forbidden already in cities housing prominent gurdwaras, and Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib also continue to be official holy cities. Kejriwal and his team are clueless about Punjab.”

“They have no idea about its history, culture, and Sikh religion. They keep making these mistakes. They are dangerous for the state,” Sukhbir said.

Kejriwal’s visit to the Harmandar Sahib and his promise on holy city status for Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib are part of his strategy to counter the ‘anti-Sikh, anti-Punjabi’ charges that sacked state party convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur has laid against him.

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To woo the poll-bound state’s Sikh majority, the AAP convener had even sent it a video message from Italy, of his raising the “Jo Bole So Nihaal” Sikh slogan. “I find a lot of peace here,” Kejriwal said after praying at the Golden Temple on Friday.

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Dip in support

Top brass of the party, including Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Punjab convener Gurpreet Ghuggi, and Dakha candidate HS Phoolka, were with him but the dip in the number of party workers accompanying Kejriwal was evident. In all his past visits to Amritsar or the Golden Temple, this number has been very high; but on Friday it was different.

The split in the party over ticket allocation and the recent resignation of former Amritsar AAP chief Gurinder Bajwa along with more than 85 volunteers is seen as the reason behind this.