Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is all set to roll out party’s “youth manifesto” on Sunday here at the start of his three-day Punjab tour. The manifesto is expected to touch upon drug menace, unemployment, and education.
The party is working overtime to make the release a grand affair. The Ranjit Avenue venue dons a semi-circular stadium look. Kejriwal will land in the city around 2pm, pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir, and head to the rally around 5.30pm after meeting party workers.
Since 30% of Punjab’s population is of youth, the AAP is out to woo them first. Party insiders said the youth manifesto had a lot of input from young people of different sections, and it the party had promised a sports university, besides revamping of the contract system for liquor, sand, road-building and other trades to keep out politicians and their families.
Kejriwal will address a 51-point agenda with the gathering. AAP’s Punjab Youth Wing president Harjot Singh Bains said: “The manifesto is based on six youth dialogues and seminars. Besides drug menace, education, and unemployment, Kejriwal will speak on a lot of other issues. Normally, manifestos are released in closed rooms but we are taking it to the open.”
Insiders say Kejriwal is going to promise smashing of the drug-supply network in a month and rehabilitation of the addicts in six months if the AAP won the coming state elections. From Amritsar, he will move to Gurdaspur on Monday and, later, visit Malerkotla, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.