AAP promises ‘jail until death’ for drug peddlers

RSTV Bureau
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann during the releasing of 51-point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar.  Photo-PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann during the releasing of 51-point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar.
Photo-PTI

Promising a special law to deal with the drug menace in Punjab, Aam Admi Party is proposing imprisonment till death for drug dealers.

In ‘Youth Manifesto’ released on Sunday AAP is promising 25 lakh jobs in five years, free Wi-Fi hotspots in villages

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the party’s manifesto for the youth on Sunday in Amritsar.

The party, which is aiming to capture power in the state, is expected to come out with separate manifestos for different sections of society.

Kejriwal hit out at the ruling SAD-BJP combine, alleging they were feeling “jittery” as AAP would sweep the 2017 Punjab assembly polls and have stooped to hatch a “conspiracy” to defame the party.

“All in Punjab know that AAP is going to win (polls) in the state and win with a good majority. The Badal government is on its way out” said the Delhi CM.

Kejriwal quoted a survey claiming it showed that AAP would win 100 out of 117 assembly seats in the state polls.

“Seven months are left for Punjab polls and the Badals have started playing a dirty game. It becomes necessary to tell people how low the SAD-BJP government can stop,” Kejriwal said while addressing a public meeting.

AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Dilip Pandey and others after a meeting with Chief Election Commission in New Delh. Photo-PTI

AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Dilip Pandey and others after a meeting with Chief Election Commission in New Delh.
Photo-PTI

Hoping to expand their base in Punjab, the party has also promised to make the administration corruption-free in the Youth Manifesto.

It also proposed several measures to provide employment to youth by developing rural economy.

“AAP government will launch a massive drive to root out corruption from all levels of administration and restore the credibility of the government of Punjab and the prestige of the state as the pre-eminent destination for setting up businesses, industry and trade,” the manifesto said.

Delhi CM Kejriwal began his 3-Day tour in the poll bound state on Sunday. The AAP’s National Convenor is expected to visit Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Malerkotla where he is expected to meet different sections of the society including industry representatives.

On the third and final day of his visit, Kejriwal will visit Ludhiana and Khanna where he will meet traders and industry people and hear to their concerns on various issues.

Here are the highlights of ‘Youth Manifesto’

  • AAP wants to set up 147 entrepreneurship & skilling centres to encourage start-up at block level.
  • Party wants to improve agi- based economy by developing food processing, dairy farming.
  • A Foreign Employment Youth Board with five branches in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mohali, Ludhiana and Sangrur to advise the youth.
  • A Youth Skill University will be established in Doaba Region to research on prospects of skill development.
  • Free Wi-Fi hotspots will be set up in all villages, cities and government colleges.
  • Impose restrictions on MPs, MLAs, ministers and their relatives for government contracts.

Tackling drug Menace

  • A round-the-clock anti-drug help line number will be started.
  • Trade and industry will be incentivised in different ways to encourage them to give jobs to rehabilitated drug addicts.
  • Free de-addiction treatment in all government de-addiction and rehabilitation centers.
  • Standardisation of methods of de-addiction in all government & private de-addiction centers
  • All candidates contesting local body and Panchayat polls will have to compulsorily sign an affidavit declaring them to be “drug-free”.

Punjab is set to witness a three-cornered fight in the Assembly election. Ruling SAD-BJP alliance, Congress and AAP are the main contenders. In the Lok Sabha 2014 elections AAP won 4 seats but it has suspended two of its Parliament members following a revolt.