‘Holy City’ Status to Amritsar if AAP in Power : Kejriwal


Amritsar is a holy city but Kejriwal thinks that it’s not till he gives a certificate. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal announced to make Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib as ‘holy cities’ on Friday, if the party was voted to power in the state of Punjab.

Kejriwal, who is on a five-day visit to Punjab, said the fight for making Punjab free from drugs and corruption had reached its decisive turn. He also promises a ban on liquor, tobacco, cigarette and meat in the walled city of Amritsar.

After paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Kejriwal said, “Whenever I come here, I get a lot of peace.” Stressing that he intended to make the walled city area of Amritsar completely liquor-free, where no non-vegetarian items would be sold, he said that he had come to the holiest Sikh shrine to pray for strength to carry on the fight.

The Sikh-dominated state goes to polls early next year. The walled city area also known as ‘Sifti da Ghar’ accommodates around 60 per cent of city’s population and has narrow lanes surrounding the Sikhs’ holiest shrine.

“Amritsar is an important city of Punjab where the Golden Temple, Durgiana temple and Ram Tirath temple are situated. The Golden Temple is a place where not only Sikhs but people from all other religions come to pay obeisance. It is visited by devotees from all over the globe. The AAP, after coming to power, would make it a holy city. Alcohol, meat items or tobacco products would be prohibited in the walled city area. Similarly, Anandpur Sahib would also be revamped accordingly,” he said.

On Friday, the support looked thin even with leaders such as Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, state unit convener Gurpreet Ghuggi, senior advocate and party candidate from Dakha in Ludhiana, HS Phoolka; and local candidate Inderbir Singh Nijjer.

On Thursday, Amritsar’s former Bharatiya Janata Party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had accused Kejriwal of not letting him into the AAP out of “insecurity”. At the house of former Akali councillor Amarjit Singh Bhatia, who joined his party, the AAP convener shunned the media to avoid answering this charge.