Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) conspiracy to foist outsider Arvind Kejriwal on Punjab was out in the open today with Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia announcing this move in an orchestrated event at Mohali.
“The cat is out of the bag. Kejriwal has been salivating to become chief minister of Punjab since two years now and finally the party has made his announcement after clearing all the road blocks in his way”, the SAD president said.
Mr Badal said the recent development in the party could be seen in this light. “First party State Convenor and senior most leader Suchha Singh Chottepur was thrown out of the party as he was a well know Sikh face and could have posed a challenge to Kejriwal. After this the party scuttled the chances of Bhagwant Mann and Himmat Singh Shergill by making them contest against me and S Bikram Singh Majitha respectively. Now with all the road blocks removed Sisodia has come to Punjab to make the announcement in a carefully orchestrated move to the accompaniment of drums and calibrated sloganeering”.
Speaking about the development, Mr Badal said AAP might have succeeded in its game plan of making Kejriwal the CM candidate of the party but it would not be able to befool Punjabis. “The party including Kejriwal kept saying that a Punjabi will be chosen as its chief ministerial face but has now chosen a Haryanvi who has already bartered away the interests of Punjab on the SYL to Haryana. If Kejriwal comes to power all the interests of the State including those of Chandigarh as well as Punjabi speaking areas also stand to be sold to Haryana”.
He said this was not all. Kejrwal had a reputation of being a professional agitationist. He said such a person would put Punjab on a collision course with the centre. He said this would impact the procurement of food grain from Punjab and affect the future of our farming community. Punjab will also suffer if the centre does not give it adequate grants due to the anti-centre stance taken by Kejriwal.
Asking Punjabis to oppose this move to foist an outsider on them, the deputy CM said “we are Punjabis foremost and akalis, congmen or BJP supporters later. If an outsider becomes CM of our State our very existence is at stake”.