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Arvind Kejriwal to visit Punjab for a week

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will visit Punjab for a week to take stock of poll preparations of the party.

“The AAP chief is expected to visit the state around February 23. However, the details of the visit are still being planned.

“He will stay in Punjab for a week during which he will take stock of the poll preparations by the party,” said a party source.

Party sources said that Kejriwal will emphasis on people-to-people meeting during his one-week visit, rather than holding any mega rally in Punjab which will go to the polls to be held early next year..

The Aam Aadmi Party had successfully organised a mega rally in Muktsar last month. The party hopes to sweep the state poll next year and is locked in a tussle with resurging Congress and the ruling SAD-BJP combine.

In October, Kejriwal had visited Punjab, which was hit by protests due to desecration of Guru Granth Sahib. The party has been raising its voice against the problem of drug addiction and issues related to farmers suicide and alleged irregularities in buying pesticides.

After having made its presence felt in the state during the Lok Sabha elections, AAP had recently made structural changes in the state unit, which irked many in the party.

AAP had opened its account in the Lok Sabha by winning four seats in Punjab in 2014 general elections. However, two of its MPs — Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa — have been suspended on the charge of anti-party activities.