Lambasting Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal, who is going to start a five-day tour of Punjab from February 25, state Congress legislature party (CLP) chief Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday cautioned people of Punjab against “dreams” being sold by Kejriwal. He said Kejriwal had miserably failed to implement his plans in Delhi.
Addressing a press conference at the house of singer Hans Raj Hans, who recently joined the Congress, Channi quoted figures provided by Delhi government’s directorate of employment in reply to information sought by Dr Jasdeepak Singh under the RTI Act with regard to the employment situation.
As per the RTI reply, a total of 1.3 lakh people were registered as unemployed with the directorate from February 2015 till date.
Channi pointed out that as per the reply, the Kejriwal government had been able to provide employment to only 117 persons through the online employment portal and to 1,300 persons at job summits in the same period of one year. He said it was negligible as compared to the number of registered job seekers.
Taking a dig on Kejriwal on the basis of the RTI reply, Channi questioned the tour of the Delhi CM to Punjab. He said Kejriwal was only trying to befool the youth of Punjab after doing the same with youth in Delhi.
The senior Congress leader said Delhi was a city- state whose problems were entirely different while the situation in Punjab was multi-dimensional and only leaders from the state could reach out to people and understand their concerns.
The Chamkaur Sahib MLA also said the state had been facing three major problems, including the deepening of the farm crisis resulting in an increase in the incidence of suicides, rising unemployment and drug addiction.
He said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lacked the blueprint for the state as its local leaders were outsiders who lacked any understanding of the psyche of people of Punjab.
Channi also congratulated Hans for joining the party and hoped that the party’s base and cadre would be strengthened with his entry.
Senior Congress leaders Amarijit Singh Samra, Avtar Henry, Jagbir Brar, Satpal Mal, Chaudhary Surinder, Rajinder Berry, Hans Raj Hans, Surinder Mahey and many others were present at the meeting.