AAP makes pitch for 2022 Punjab polls with kisan sammelan | Amritsar News

AAP makes pitch for 2022 Punjab polls with kisan sammelan | Amritsar News

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BAGHA PURANA (MOGA): Like the Maghi Mela of 2016, where AAP kickstarted its campaign for the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab, the party sounded the bugle for the 2022 assembly polls with a Kisan Maha Sammelan here on Sunday. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal pushed his party volunteers to prepare for the elections due next year by reaching out to the people. He also took on the Union government for bringing the alleged ‘anti-farm’ laws and the Punjab government for promises unkept.
Addressing the rally, which was organised despite the surge in Covid-19 cases, Kejriwal reminded the people of the “big promises” made by Congress in the last elections in Punjab. Congress promised jobs to youth, unemployment allowance, cheaper electricity, old-age pensions, smartphones and loan/debt waiver to farmers, but the Capt Amarinder Singh-led government has failed to deliver, he said. Appealing for support to AAP in the next elections, he promised to make Punjab prosperous by replicating the Delhi model to ensure lots of facilities to people and ensuring financial, social prosperity in the state.
‘We will work with a vision of making a new Punjab once AAP forms govt’
Kejriwal also referred to the 20 lakh cards made by the Congress prior to the 2017 polls, saying people should not throw them away as these would remind them how “Captain told lies in the name of jobs”. He added that if AAP formed the government in Punjab, the party would provide jobs to cardholders and give unemployment allowance till jobs are not given. In Delhi, 73% people get zero electricity bill and “the AAP government will show how it is made possible in Punjab”, he said.
Talking about the survey conducted by a news channel a few days ago which gave maximum seats in Punjab to AAP, he said, “Now, as even media believes in AAP, we will form the government and will give clean government.”
To AAP activists, he said they have one year to go and meet the people and note down their problems so that the party could set a vision for the people of Punjab. “We will work with a vision of forming a new Punjab once the AAP government is formed in the state,” Kejriwal said.
Expressing his gratitude to the farmers protesting against the three farm laws which were enacted in September last year, he said, “I am here to salute the Punjab farmers on how they have fought against Centre’s farm laws and taken this fight to places across the country with such bravery. Whenever any injustice is done in the country, the people of Punjab have risen to the occasion and fought valiantly. Now again, farmers from Punjab are fighting against the anti-people government. It is because of their bravery that the struggle has turned into an andolan (movement) in the entire country.”
“This andolan has reached every household in Delhi and many other states, When I had gone to Surat in Gujarat, the farmers there asked me to bring this message to you (Punjab farmers), that they are with you. (West Bengal chief minister) Mamata Banerjee had told me that farmers of West Bengal are with thr farmers of Punjab, who faced water cannons, tear gas shells but refused to be cowed down… As I have been part of this andolan from the beginning and have not accepted the central government’s demand to turn nine stadiums into open jails for farmers despite a lot of pressure on me, the (PM Narendra) Modi government is harassing me and wants to snatch all powers of Delhi government and hand them over the powers to the lieutenant governor. Despite all this, I am fighting against the central government and will not let it harm any farmer as long as I am in Delhi,” he added.
Earlier, the AAP MLAs slammed Capt Amarinder Singh for employing poll strategist Prashant Kishor as principal adviser, saying neither would be able to retain power as the “people cannot be fooled again and again”. In his brief address, AAP Punjab president and MP Bhagwant Mann said, “Punjab is in doldrums today and needs overhauling, which only Arvind Kejriwal can do, as he has shown in Delhi.”
Unlike in the run-up to previous elections, the trade mark AAP topis (caps) were missing completely. Although there were thousands of party workers in the rally, only a handful wore the AAP caps. However, some party workers were seen carrying cutouts of Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann.

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