AAP’s bizarre claim – Arvind Kejriwal is Punjabi. So is Haryana CM Khattar?
CHANDIGARH: An ally of AAP made a bizarre claim that Arvind Kejriwal, and effectively all harynavis and Himachalis born before 1966, are Punjabis for the election purpose. By this definition, even Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, born in Rohtak in 1954, can claim to be Punjabi. Kejriwal himself never claimed to be a Punjabi before he started dreaming about the Punjab CM post.
The issue is not about anyone calling himself a Punjabi but whether it’s just an electoral stunt. Kejriwal earlier called himself from Uttar Pradesh when he fought against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections but promptly forgotten after losing the election.
Arvind Kejriwal is a ‘Punjabi’ as he was born before the formation of Haryana in undivided Punjab and is the best choice to lead the state, said former Congress leader Jagmeet Brar, who has recently floated his political outfit Lok Hit Abhiyan and allied with the Aam Aadmi Party.
Addressing a gathering of industrialists, Mr Brar said the Congress and Akali leaders were wrongly targeting Kejriwal for being a Haryanvi. He said Mr Kejriwal was best suited to address the water sharing issues of Punjab and Haryana since he understands the needs of both states.
On AAP’s chief ministerial candidate for Punjab, Mr Brar said that Mr Kejriwal will be the best choice to lead the party as he is the only leader who can take everyone together.
Mr Brar said that his political outfit has extended support to AAP and he was in talks with its leaders to contest election on AAP symbol from constituencies where his outfit has strong candidates.
The Delhi Chief Minister is currently touring Punjab which will vote next year.