Taking a cue from the Congress’ electoral initiative, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to build its poll campaign in Punjab, promising farmers to waive their agriculture debt. The party will ask farmers to fill a letter titled ‘Karza muafi sankalp chithi’ from Friday, an AAP leader said.
The Punjab Congress had launched a similar campaign titled ‘Karza kurki khatm — fasl di poori rakam’ (end of debt and property attachment, full remuneration from crop) on October 12.
The Congress ticket aspirants in all assembly segments are carrying along a maang patra (demand letter) to every house and asking people to furnish details about their families, landholdings and outstanding debt.
They are issuing a receipt as mark of the agreement guaranteeing debt waiver once the party comes to power.
The party has given all ticket aspirants a target of getting 6,000 forms signed in their segments till the first phase of the campaign ends on October 25.
The AAP leaders on Thursday received the letter pro forma and directions to start the campaign from grains markets across the state from Friday onwards.
The form has “Kejriwal Kejriwal Sara Punjab Tere Naal” slogan on its top. They will ask to furnish farmers’ details such as name, village, size of landholding, phone number and outstanding loan besides their signatures.
AAP’s Bathinda parliament zone media coordinator Neel Garg said, “Though we have been asked to start this from Friday, we will be starting the campaign in Bathinda from Saturday due to issue of printing of pro forma.”
“We will complete the campaign by October 31. The party has directed us to set up stalls in all grains markets to approach farmers and get the forms filled. To ensure participation of more farmers, we have decided to make an announcement in this regard from village gurdwaras. Volunteers will put up stalls at villages,” he said.