Punjab polls: Dalit representative to be deputy CM if AAP wins

Punjab polls: Dalit representative to be deputy CM if AAP wins

Coming on the heels of a series of corruption and sex scandals that had "rocked" the AAP in the recent past, the allegations levelled by Vinod Kumar against party leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak had "nailed" Arvind Kejriwal's "lies" about zero tolerance in his party against corruption, he said.

"A Dalit will be the deputy chief minister when AAP comes to power in Punjab", said AAP's national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, in a bid to woo the Dalit community, which make up about 30 per cent of the state's population.

It also promises filling up of all the posts reserved for Dalits.

"AAP would be the first party to appoint a Dalit Deputy CM in Punjab", said Kejriwal, adding that their party was the only one to have a separate manifesto for Dalits and that too after discussing with the Dalit community.

Far from showing concern for the welfare of the people of Punjab, as was evident from Kejriwal's continued silence on SYL, AAP and its leadership was busy exploiting the state elections to make money by putting tickets on sale, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said. "I am told that 18 lakh children study in government primary schools of Punjab". Attacking the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, Kejriwal alleged that the Badals (Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal) were spending money to ensure that Amarinder formed the government in the state after the polls due early next year.

The Delhi Chief Minister said that the Punjab Scheduled Caste Commission will be empowered, strengthened and expanded to ensure that grievances of Dalits are taken seriously and discrimination of any kind against Dalits is punished.

In the event of crop failure, farm labourers shall be given a compensation of Rs 10,000 for every month of loss of work, he said, adding that job cards under MGNREGA will be made on priority for Dalits and more work areas will be identified for the scheme.

Mr. Kejriwal said that modern "Pind Sehat Clinic" in every village is an attempt to improve the healthcare system. "Health insurance scheme worth Rs. 5 lakh will be introduced", he said.