Kharar (Punjab): Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday promised to make Punjab a “drug-free state" if his party was voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
Kejriwal said around 40 lakh youth in Punjab were drug addicts and in dire need of treatment.
“If the AAP is voted to power, we will bring specialist doctors from abroad for their (drug addicts’) treatment," Kejriwal said while addressing a poll rally in Kharar, Punjab.
Kejriwal also promised job to 25 lakh unemployed youth in Punjab, if his party forms the next state government. “Eighty percent reservation for Punjabis in the employment in all new industry" will be set up during AAP government’s tenure, Kejriwal said. The Delhi CM also assured to open “mohalla clinics" in villages and cities of Punjab, as his party has done in Delhi.
Accusing both the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress of playing a “friendly match" by fielding “weak candidates against each other’s senior leaders", Kejriwal said this time the AAP has spoiled their game.
At another rally at Ropar, Kejriwal said people of Punjab should not miss this opportunity of bringing a change and assured that the party will give an honest government.
He said the people of Punjab have to decide which kind of government they want for themselves.
“We are running an incomplete government in Delhi, give us opportunity to run a full government and see the difference of governance," Kejriwal said in Ropar.
He said the AAP would overhaul the entire education and health system and that government schools would be made better than private schools.
Kejriwal claimed that farmers in Punjab were a most neglected lot and the SAD-BJP government had allegedly pushed them to margin. He said that the AAP, if voted to power, would not only waive off the loans but also make farmers self-reliant. Kejriwal alleged that same is the fate of Dalits “who were threatened and tortured and live under fear", even as he promised justice to all sections of the society.