Protests, black flags welcome Arvind Kejriwal in Punjab

Arvind Kejriwal is on a 4-Day election campaign in Punjab (File Photo)

Chugging into Punjab on a four-day election campaign, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was met with slogans and black flags at the Ludhiana Railway Station on September 8.

Protesting against the various scandals involving AAP leaders, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) activists practically encircled the Delhi CM and shouted slogans such as ‘Kejriwal go back’. Denying allegations that Kejriwal was manhandled, the BJP said the protesters resorted only to protests.

Addressing mediapersons, Kejriwal said he would lead the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab Assembly polls, but held back from saying anything about shifting base to Punjab. In the wake of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Aawaz-e-Punjab,  which has officially been launched, he said AAP would counter the attacks of the opposition parties, and build the confidence of the party cadre.

As part of the AAP’s ‘Kisan Dialogue’ programme, he would declare a manifesto for farmers to be released in Bagapurana on September 11. Attacking Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, he added the latter will resort to dubious means to defame the AAP.

On a video on Twitter, he said, “As many as 63 fake CDs have been prepared at Badal’s instance. Daily, two to three CDs will be leaked in a bid to defame AAP. These CDs will be shown on Badal’s TV channel PTC.”

Earlier, BJP Mahila Morcha volunteers mobbed Kejriwal at the New Delhi railway station protesting against the scandals involving his AAP leaders. Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president Kamaljeet Sehrawat and party spokesperson Praveen Kapoor led the activists, who raised slogans and waved bangles at the Delhi CM.