New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial Punjab polls, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the state’s Congress and SAD, alleging that both the parties have “ruined” every household there through “corruption” and “drug menace”.
Mr Kejriwal in his tone and tenor indicated that drug issue in Punjab is going to be major poll plank and claimed that his party is “going to win the elections” in the state due in 2017.
“Both Congress and SAD have through corruption and drug menace pushed the state backward, and people have lost faith. The successive governments installed in the state after Independence have ruined each and every household there,” Mr Kejriwal alleged.
The AAP leader was addressing a gathering here after launching a Punjabi video song ‘Ek Nasha: Nashe ke Khilaf’ penned and sung by fellow AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, aimed at weaning the people of the state away from drugs and narcotics.
The video makes veiled references to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukbhir Badal, and even as both Mr Kejriwal said, the purpose of the video was “apolitical”, a “broom” has been shown in the video in the end.
“You see poets like Vishwas tell things through clues.
And, you see what clues he has left in the video,” Mr Kejriwal said, as he took a dig at the Badal dispensation.
“But, the enthusiasm you people have shown here, we are finding the same enthusiasm in Punjab, and AAP will win the elections there and for the next governement…The issue of eliminating drug menace will be a daunting task but it won’t be impossible,” Mr Kejriwal claimed.
“Once we form the government, we will punish all those involved in running this drug network,” he said.
Further alleging that Mr Badal government has “slapped false cases” against people who got involved in drug business, he said, “We will also make sure that such false cases are withdrawn.”
Mr Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party had swept the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls, winning 67 of the 70 seats, and the party is exuding confidence of repeating its performance in Punjab.
Mr Vishwas earlier said, “People who do drugs are not culprits but patients. We have to help them. Culprits are people who are running the drug network,” and alleged that “we all know that in Pathankot attack, how the drug business was one of the factors.”
Mr Kejriwal praising the video said, “This video is impactful and should be in mobile phones of every person in Punjab.”
AAP ministers Satyender Jain and Kapil Mishra, other party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh were also present on the occasion.