Kejriwal’s five-day Punjab visit starts on Feb 25

Chandigarh, Feb 23 (IANS) With his party in a buoyant mood in Punjab, AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will begin a five-day visit to the state from Thursday.

“Kejriwal will try to cover the length and breadth of the state comprising the Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions. He will begin from Sangrur and Bathinda districts,” an AAP spokesman said here on Tuesday.

Kejriwal will visit Ferozepur and Faridkot districts on February 26, Khadoor Sahib, Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts on February 27, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar districts on February 28 and finally go to Ludhiana, Fategarh Sahib and Patiala districts on February 29.

“Kejriwal will interact with various sections of the society comprising families of distressed farmers who have been committing suicides, members of Dalit families and unemployed educated youth and know the concerns of the women folk about their safety and security,” the spokesman said.

Kejriwal will also interact with sections of youths who have taken to drugs, the spokesman said.

He will meet the business community, comprising traders and captains of industry, to know the problems faced by them in the state.

The Congress in Punjab had earlier said that it will oppose Kejriwal’s visit if the Aam Aadmi Party does not change its agenda for the state.

“Kejriwal should not play with fire by instigating the sentiments of the people of Punjab. This is a very dangerous style of politics being done by the AAP,” Congress leader and Ludhiana MP Ravnit Singh Bittu had said.

Kejriwal had addressed a major AAP rally last month at the Maghi religious fair in Punjab’s Bathinda district.

The AAP is posing a serious political challenge to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the Congress, which have dominated Punjab’s political space for decades, in the run up to next year’s assembly polls.

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