Amarinder had Sonia’s consent in opposing CBI probe into drug case: Kejriwal
Assures employees of Bathinda thermal power plant that no public sector unit will be shut if AAP comes to power in Punjabpunjab Updated: Oct 24, 2016 18:32 IST
On the second day of his three-day Punjab tour, Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday dragged the name of Congress president Sonia Gandhi into the alleged Congress-Akali collusion in Punjab, saying Captain Amarinder took her consent for not supporting a CBI probe into Bikram Singh Majithia’s alleged role in the drug trade.
“Amarinder talked to Sonia three years back and didn’t support a CBI probe into Majithia’s role in the drug case,” Kejriwal said during his interaction with traders here.
Kejriwal pointed out how former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s demand for the CBI probe into the case was opposed by Amarinder.
“If you vote for the scales (SAD symbol), you will vote for drugs, and if you vote for hand (Congress symbol), you will again vote for drugs,” he said, seeking the people’s mandate for the AAP if they wanted a “drug-free state”.
Kejriwal said he knew that the traders of Punjab were facing the heat of corruption and that the Badals were “looting them”.
‘Will revive public sector units’
The Delhi chief minister assured the employees protesting against the closure of Bathinda thermal power plant that “no public sector thermal plant will be shut down and the sick units will be revived if AAP comes to power”.
The employees’ union of the thermal plant gave a memorandum to Kejriwal, extending their support to the AAP. “About 10,000 employees, regular or on contract, will either lose job or get displaced…and the entire machinery of the Ropar plant will go to a junkyard,” the memorandum stated.
He cited the AAP’s manifesto, promising to “review anti-Punjab power agreements” and punishing all those responsible for burdening the state.
He also assured the mini-bus operators and other small transporters that their interests will be taken care of while reviewing the transport policy in Punjab to end the monopoly of the Badals and other politicians in the business.
A body of small transporters—Malwa Zone Pvt Transport—also gave its memorandum, pointing out the connivance of the transport officials in benefitting “the ruling party transporters” in chalking out the routes and time table of buses.
First Published: Oct 24, 2016 18:29 IST