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Religious card! Arvind Kejriwal promises ‘holy city’ status for Amritsar if AAP wins in Punjab


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday assured the people of Punjab that if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is voted to power in the state, Amritsar would be given the status of a ‘holy city’.

“Amritsar is a very important city. People from all over the world come to pray at the Golden Temple,” said Kejriwal

He was accompanied by MP Bhagwant Mann, HS Phoolka, comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, Inderbir Singh Nijjer.

“We will accord ‘Holy City’ status to Amritsar. Also, there will be total prohibition of liquor, tobacco products and meat items in the walled city area,” the Delhi CM said.

“Amritsar ward city and Anandpur Sahib will be declared holy places if AAP comes to power in Punjab,” said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal is on a four-day tour of poll-bound Punjab. Friday was his second day in Punjab.

Kejriwal will also address a public rally in Moga on the last day of his visit before returning to Delhi. This was Kejriwal’s first visit to Punjab after the AAP removed its Punjab convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur over issues of corruption.

Met with an accident

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday escaped unhurt when the SUV in which he was travelling rammed into an escort vehicle near PAP chowk on Jalandhar-Amritsar road.

Kejriwal, who was on his way to Amritsar on the second day of his four-day visit to Punjab, was sitting in the front seat of the Innova when it hit the escort vehicle which was moving ahead of it, police said.

No one was injured in the mishap. The bumper of Kejriwal’s car was damaged, they said.

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