Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to the industrial town of Mandi Gobindgarh on Monday received a mixed response with the Delhi chief minister concluding his Punjab tour with only a seven-minute speech. Later, he cancelled his visit to Patiala and left for SAS Nagar to board a flight to Delhi. When questioned on the attack on him in Ludhiana, Kejriwal replied, “Why are you asking me? Ask the Badals.”
Addressing the gathering, he said he would visit the state again in May and hold special meetings with industrialists. “This visit was dedicated to drug menace and farm suicide victims. Next time, I will concentrate more on industry,” he said. “Badals are earning Rs 2-2.5 crore a day just by imposing Goonda Tax on crushers in Batala. We will end corruption,” he added.
Manmohan Singh Mangat, president, Steel Chamber of Mandi Gobindgarh, said industrialists were not favouring any political party.
After Kejriwal left the venue, local party workers faced angry residents who claimed they were not allowed to meet the AAP convener.