New Delhi: Ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the party will focus on creating employment opportunities in the state. Addressing a press conference in Mohali, Kejriwal revealed the party’s 10-point agenda for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab.
“If Aam Aadmi Party comes to power, we have prepared a 10-point ‘Punjab model’ to make the state developed and prosperous,” Kejriwal said today. Went to Canada for employment, they will return in the next five years.
Speaking further today, the Delhi CM said, “Our aim is to make Punjab a drug-free state. There is an alliance between politicians and drug mafia in Punjab. If you form the government, we will break this syndicate.” On the sacrilege incident, Kejriwal said, “The number of sacrilege is increasing in Punjab. Due to this, there is a law and order issue in the state. Those who have been accused of sacrilege will be brought to justice. We will keep peace. and bring back harmony in the state.”
“Punjab has a debt of Rs 3 lakh crore. We will make a corruption-free state.” The Delhi Chief Minister also said that AAP will focus on education and improving schools in the state and 16,000 mohalla clinics will be set up in Punjab. The party will provide free medical treatment to all citizens of the state.
Earlier, the Chief Minister of Delhi had said that AAP would provide Rs 1,000 to every woman above 18 years of age.
Punjab Election 2022
Punjab is likely to witness a pentagonal contest this election, a marked change from the traditional feud between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal. The Election Commission said assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 and counting of votes will take place on March 10.
There are total 117 assembly seats in Punjab.
SAD and AAP have declared their candidates for the elections. The SAD has named candidates for over 90 assembly seats while the AAP has declared the names of 104 candidates.
The Congress is yet to announce a candidate, though discussions are underway within the party’s screening committee. In the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, the Congress ended the ten-year rule of the SAD-BJP alliance by winning 77 seats out of a total of 117 assembly constituencies in the state.
At that time AAP got 20 seats, while SAD-BJP won 18 seats and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) got two seats.
Congress has 80 seats, AAP 17, SAD 14, BJP 2, LIP 2, while Bholath and Jaito seats are vacant after the by-elections in some seats.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 2:33 p.m.