Monday, February 29th, 2016

Arvind Kejriwal vows to end Punjab mining mafia, if AAP is voted to power

Narada Desk | February 29, 2016 12:12 pm Print

Arvind Kejriwal,  Delhi CM at a rally in Punjab

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM at a rally in Punjab

Keen to make its impact in Punjab polls 2017 the  Aam Aadmi Party chief  and  Delhi Chief  Minister Arvind Kejriwal has  vowed to put an end to the menace “within 24 hours” if his party comes to power in the state .  Kejriwal alleged  that a “mining mafia” in Punjab was extorting money from owners of stone crushing units.

“I am shocked to know that legal crusher owners have to pay ‘goonda tax or jizya’ to the mining mafia in Punjab. I vow that within 24 hours of AAP’s coming to power, this will be curbed in the State,” Kejriwal, who is on a five-day tour of Punjab, said at a rally .

Members of the business community, including owners of crushing units, met Kejriwal and alleged that no action was being taken against the extortionists. They also claimed that false cases were being registered against them.

Kejriwal said once voted to power, AAP would set up a commission to review such cases and take action against officials who had lodged them.

Reacting to reports of a large number of posters which had sprung up in Jalandhar questioning his governance record, the Delhi Chief Minister hit out at the Akali Dal saying they had ruined the State during their 10-year rule.

“People know who has ruined his State for about 10 years and who is a failed Chief Minister,” he said.

 Kejriwal also claimed that no government could have achieved in 65 years what his government had accomplished in one year in Delhi.

“What we have done in our one year rule in Delhi, I challenge that no state government could have done in the last 65 years. I am confident if Delhi goes to polls today, other parties will not be able to win even a single seat,” he said.

He also met people from different walks of life, including industrialists, advocates, shopkeepers and members of the Christian community.