Kejriwal’s appeal for all Punjab LS seats signals INDIA rift?

BATHINDA: AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday exhorted people to help his party win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh, indicating that AAP is thinking of going solo and not as a part of the INDIA bloc.
In the present Lok Sabha, INDIA bloc parties have 9 seats in Punjab, with Congress having eight members and AAP just one.
However, at his Vikas Kranti rally in Bathinda, where he announced Rs 1,125 crore worth of development works, Kejriwal made it clear that Congress was also among AAP’s rivals in the state.He attacked BJP, Akalis and Congress in the same breath, saying: “Akali, Congress or BJP-Akali governments never allocated a package of Rs 1,125 crore in one go.”
He added that all the rivals of his party had joined hands in asking the central government to stop grants for Punjab as they felt that they would be “doomed” in elections if the AAP carried out development works in Punjab successfully. “People of Punjab are extremely happy with our work, and they will make us win all 13 Lok Sabha seats,” he said.
Claiming unprecedented development in Punjab, the Delhi CM said that with the package of Rs 1,125 crore, several hospitals and schools will be built in the state. “We had gone to Gurdaspur recently and announced a package of Rs 1,850 crore and before that Hoshiarpur got a Rs 850-crore package,” he added.
At the rally, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann attacked the grand old party by accusing leaders of Congress and SAD of promoting corruption and nepotism.
The entire Punjab cabinet and Rajya Sabha member Sandeep Pathak were present at the rally.
The state unit of Congress too is resisting any potential alliance with AAP in Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections. A few days back, the party had asked the state unit to conduct a feasibility survey and submit a report in two weeks.

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