Kejriwal takes Punjab line in Himachal, attacks BJP and Congress for ‘looting’

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann made an impressive road show in Mandi town on Wednesday in front of BJP chief minister Joy Ram Tagore’s house.

“We don’t know how to do politics but we do know how to open schools and eradicate corruption,” Kejriwal said in his trademark style. He said the AAP had developed in Delhi and would now do the same in Punjab.

“You have given 30 years to the Congress and 17 years to the BJP to rule the state. All they did was loot Himachal. Give me only five years. If you are not satisfied, you can change us, “he told the crowd as he addressed them from an open jeep.

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress of promoting racist politics, he said the AAP was a party of the common man whose only goal was development.

“How are you, Mandi Waleon (how are you Mandi people)?” I have performed here several times during the Shivratri festival, ”said Bhagwant Mann at the rally. Slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Joy”, “Inquilab Zindabad” and “Jo Bole So Nihal” are floating in the air. As the crowd cheered, Mann commented, “Looks like I’m in Sangrur.”

Kejriwal said he would bring the same development to Himachal and Punjab as to Delhi.

The road show of the song ‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’ took place from Victoria Bridge to Seri Mancha, where a public meeting was held. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Pictures of the assembly. (Photo / News18)

Though neither BJP nor Congress bigwigs joined AAP on the occasion, the gathering at Joy Ram Tagore’s home ground was impressive. Political observers say the kind of momentum the roadshow has given the party was expected to at least make a mark in the voting-bound state.

The AAP has already made clear its intention to contest the Himachal polls by the end of this year, with candidates from all the 68 Assembly constituencies.

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