Jalandhar: Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the party would put an end to “raid raj” in what appears to be a jibe at intensified tax raids by the income tax department. Speaking at a gathering at the Aggarwal community’s Agrasen Jayanti Samaroh celebrations, Kejriwal said industrialists of the community had the potential to provide employment to those who have undergone drug rehabilitation.
Several AAP leaders from the state, among them Sanjay Singh, Parliamentarian Bhagwant Mann and state convener Gurpreet Ghuggi attended the event. Meanwhile, Congress activists held protests against Kejriwal on Sunday as he made his way to Jalandhar to attend the celebrations.
Several members of the Congress’ women’s wing, including state head Mamta Dutta, were injured in the protest held on the Airport Road near Amritsar’s Raddisson Hotel as police tried to push back protesters to allow Kejriwal’s cavalcade to pass.
The women protesters later demanded action against the policemen for manhandling them. Congress activists also held protests in Jalandhar.
Comprising 11 per cent of Punjab’s population, the community wields influence in most of the Malwa’s towns and other places, including Bathinda, Mansa, Rampura Phul, Barnala, Sunam, Sangrur, Patran, Samana, Raikot, Dhuri, Nabha, Gidderbaha, Jaitu and Ludhiana. However, with only four lawmakers in the state assembly, it does not wield much power politically.