March 15, 2016 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh/ Jalandhar: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is visiting Punjab today with special focus on Dalit vote-bank in Punjab. His visit will be confined to Doaba region where Dalits constitute considerable chunk in vote-bank. Doable, comprising Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshairpur and Nawnshehr districts has 23 assembly seats. Dalits constitute over 40% of the vote-bank in this region.
Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to undertake visit three prominent deras of Doaba, besides meeting the family of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder and Dalit leader Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary tomorrow at Ropar.
Besides Dera Sachkhand Ballan, Kejriwal is slated to visit the dera of environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal at Seechewal village in Jalandhar district and Baba Pargat Nath of Valmik Yog Ashram at Rahimpur village.
Arvind Kejriwal’s visit is aimed at wooing both Dalit communities— Ravidassias and Valmikis. While Dera Ballan has more followers from the Ravidassia community, Baba Pargat Nath is frequented by Valmikis.
As per the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi CM will first stop will be at noon at Gurdwara Bunga Sahib along the banks of the Sutlej river, where he will meet the family of Kanshi Ram.
AAP leaders, including party convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, have been in close contact with Kanshi Ram’s sister Swaran Kaur and other relatives. Then, he will pay obeisance at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib.
Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to arrive at Dera Sachkhand Ballan, a sect with considerable Dalit following, by 4:15 pm where he will have a closed-door meeting with the sect chief, Niranjan Singh.
The AAP convener will then move on to Seechewal village, where he will spend half an hour at the sewage treatment plant being used for irrigation purposes. AAP’s circle incharge and Seechewal village resident Harjinder Singh said, “Kejriwal will be taken around the various plantations and apprised of efforts being made for improving school education.”
His last stop will be the dera of Baba Pargat Nath, which has a huge following among the Valmiki community in the region.
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