Arvind Kejriwal slams SAD-BJP govt in Punjab, launches AAP's manifesto for farmers

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the SAD-BJP government and the Congress in Punjab as he addressed a rally in Moga where the AAP launched its 31-point manifesto for farmers.

"If the condition of farmers does not improve, they will again be ruined by debt," said Kejriwal as he stressed the importance of providing aid to farmers.

One of the most important promises made in the manifesto was that AAP will ensure that debts of farmers, where a sum twice the amount of the principal is paid, will be considered to be paid in full. It also promised that farmers who have taken loans will not lose their land.

Kejriwal also promised that AAP, if it came to power in Punjab, will launch a loan waiver plan for farmers.

"No coercive recovery proceedings will take place against farmers. They will be debt free by December 2018," Kejriwal further said at the rally.

"AAP government will give Rs 20,000 per acre as compensation for crop loss to farmers," he said.

Kejriwal also launched a scathing attack on the current government and said some of the leaders would be arrested on charges of corruption if AAP came to power in the state.

He asked why Congress' Captain Amarinder Singh was getting agitated when he was talking about SAD leaders being sent to jail.

"In the last 10 to 15 years, SAD, BJP, and Congress have made the farmers cry. We will not leave them," Kejriwal said.

"False allegations are being made against AAP leaders. AAP is the only party to punish its own ministers if found corrupt," he said. "Mar jaaenge, mit jaaenga lekin bhrashtachaar nahi sahenge (We will die but will not tolerate corruption)," he added.

"I want to ask Congress: Why hasn't it thrown people like Jagdish Tytler out of the party?" he said.

Kejriwal also claimed that there will be attacks on AAP leaders in the times to come. "In the times to come, there will be attacks on AAP leaders. But we are not scared of them. We will risk our lives to save Punjab," he said.

"AAP will put an end to the misrule of Badals. Corruption will be a thing of the past," said the Delhi CM.

Arvind Kejriwal's visit to Punjab comes at a time when various AAP leaders are facing allegations. On Sunday, a FIR was filed against AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and his supporters for allegedly misbehaving with security guards of Aiims.

On Friday, sacked Delhi Minister and AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar, arrested on rape charges on the complaint of a woman, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court.

Kumar was arrested on 3 September after a woman had approached Sultanpuri police station in North Delhi complaining of sexual harassment against the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development minister, following which a case was filed. The woman had figured in an objectionable video with him.

He was removed from AAP government on 31 August by Kejriwal.

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2016 18:35 PM

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