Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the Congress would be decimated while the ruling SAD-BJP alliance won’t be able to get more than 10 seats in the upcoming Punjab assembly polls.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of lawyers’ induction program, organised by Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana (BCPH) at Law Bhawan here, Kejriwal said: “The Congress will meet the same fate in Punjab as in Delhi. The Akalis, on the other hand, won’t be able to go beyond 10 seats.”
The AAP convener’s speech largely focused on the “success and popularity” of the AAP government in Delhi. “If elections are held again in Delhi now, we will even win the three remaining seats too (AAP had won 67 seats in Delhi assembly out of total 70),” Kejriwal said.
Targeting the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he alleged that it was acting as an impediment in his war against corruption. “They did not arrest him (an MLA, against whom he had got an FIR registered), but raided my house. They let loose the CBI after me,” Kejirwal said alleging misuse of Delhi Police by the central government. “Such things won’t happen in Punjab when we assume power. Police will be ours. They will not be able to interfere here,” Kejriwal said.
The Delhi CM also talked about farmers’ suicide and compensation for crop loss to growers. He made a special mention of a recent suicide by Barnala farmer and his mother. “The government needs to take measures to ensure that farmers were not forced to take the extreme step,’ he added.
Kejriwal also raised the issue of exorbitant fee being charged by private schools in Punjab and said the government was not in a position to act as many of these schools were either owned by ministers or other influential persons. “We have instances (in Delhi) where schools returned the extra fee they had charged,” Kejriwal said.
Kerjiwal is apparently the first chief minister (apart from Punjab and Haryana) to be invited for the function in recent years. Generally, the CMs of both states, MPs, ministers of both states or central government ministers are invited for the function. Many in the Bar council were questioning the move to invite Kejriwal, two days ahead of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s similar program at Law Bhawan. BCPH chairman Rajat Gautam said Kejriwal had been invited as he was a “role model” and went on to say that “ it was not a unlawful act” to invite him.