Farmers' plight to top AAP agenda: Kejriwal
Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the plight of farmers would top the agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said that the support of common people was needed to rout the corrupt mainstream political parties in Haryana.punjab Updated: Feb 22, 2014 11:50 IST
Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the plight of farmers would top the agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said that the support of common people was needed to rout the corrupt mainstream political parties in Haryana.
Kejriwal was in Kurukshetra this afternoon to attend the wedding of the daughter of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) state president Gurnam Singh Chaduni, who is a member of the national executive of the AAP and is seen as the frontrunner for ticket for Kurukshetra parliamentary seat.
Kejriwal told reporters that the party would soon announce its LS candidates and was confident that AAP would defeat the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
Saying that except APP, all other political parties were power hungry and corrupt, Kejriwal said that the successive governments at the Centre and in states, including Haryana, had done nothing to improve the poor financial condition of the farming community.
"Recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee report that strongly favours remunerative price for farm produce is gathering dust for several years. On the other hand, politically influential businessmen like Mukesh Ambani are being paid 8 times the cost of producing a unit of natural gas," he alleged.
Kejriwal said that it was unfortunate that BKU had raised the concerns of the farming community but the governments remained non-serious.
He said that in Haryana, corruption by the mainstream political parties was the other important issue.
"Government jobs are sold in Haryana and indulgence of all political parties that were at helm in the state in the past is well in the public domain. We urge our supporters to reach at Rohatk to attend AAP's political rally on Sunday to show their strength to change the corrupt system," he said.
The Ex-Delhi CM demanded the immediate imposition of President's rule in Delhi and schedule of fresh assembly election (in Delhi) along with the general elections.
Addressing mediapersons at Kurukshetra on Friday, Kejriwal claimed that he didn't not have any hunger for the post of chief minister and cause of the people was his top priority.
Kejriwal said that AAP would contest all the 10 parliament seats in Haryana in the ensuing elections and the workers of AAP were well prepared. "AAP would win in at least nine of the 10 parliamentary seats in Haryana," he said.
Referring to AAP's governance record in Delhi, he said that the party had fulfilled main election promises in 48 days which could have otherwise would have taken five years.
He said that AAP would nominate honest people for the elections through a transparent process. He said that now BJP would resort to horse-trading of MLAs in Delhi.
First Published: Feb 21, 2014 20:03 IST