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If AAP wins, a trader will be finance minister of Punjab: Sisodia in Batala

A day after asking the voters to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “as if Arvind Kejriwal is the chief ministerial candidate”, Delhi deputy chief minister and senior AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, has gone silent on the issue.

punjab Updated: Jan 12, 2017 00:08 IST
Vishal Sally
Vishal Sally
Hindustan Times, Batala
Sisodia,AAP,finance minister
Delhi deputy chief minister and senior AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, during a meeting at Batala on Wednesday, January 11.(HT Photo)

A day after asking the voters to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “as if ArvindKejriwal is the chief ministerial candidate”, Delhi deputy chief minister and senior AAP leader, Manish Sisodia, has gone silent on theissue.

Sisodia, who was here on Wednesday seeking votes in favourof state wing of AAP convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich, was asked a few timesabout the issue but he chose to remain silent. However, many of the other AAP leaders, who were accompanying him during this meeting, with industrialists at a localresort alleged that media distorted Sisodia's statement.

Earlier, addressing a huge gathering of industrialists, Sisodia said, “The post of finance minister will be given to a trader or abusinessman if AAP was voted to power in the state. Only a trader canunderstand the problems being faced by the industry and thus he canhelp to build the policies, which booms the industry.”

“In late 70s and 80s, the small scale industry of Batala was renownedin the entire world for its quality of machinery. But see what has happenedto this steel town now. 80% of the industry has vanished. Out of the2,000 steel foundry just a few dozen were functioning that too his 50%of their actual production. Businessman was surrendering their VAT numbers and power connections.”

He added: “But after forming the government, the first step by the AAP government will be to identify and fix the problembefore it gets too late. Special emphasis will be given on setting upcottage industries in villages,” he said.

“We have abolished the Inspector Raj in Delhi due to which businesseshave started growing after registering a negative growth rate duringthe previous Congress government. In Punjab too, we will do the same.We have also charted out a plan, wherein special incentives will begiven to industry in the border belt,” said Sisodia.

He added that new units automatically translated into more employmentopportunities. “If there is industry there will be jobs. If there arejobs youth will not take to drugs as they will remain busy in earninglivelihoods for themselves and their families. This is the reason whywe see setting up of more units as an antidote to drug use,” he said.

First Published: Jan 12, 2017 00:08 IST