Arvind Kejriwal claims to end ‘Raid Raj’ in Punjab
Raid Raj should be ended as its affecting state’s potential to do growth: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal claims to end ‘Raid Raj’ in Punjab:- The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has vowed to end the “Raid Raj” in Punjab, on Sunday, which he has claimed, was affecting the state’s potential to do business and maintaining the growth.
“It is our observation that the raid raj, instead of further curbing corruption, encourages the corrupt bureaucrats and inspectors, who fill their pockets,” said Kejriwal, while he was addressing the Aggarwal community, at an event marking Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti.
“When we came to power in the capital, about 150 raids had been conducted in a month. Now raids are allowed only in case the department has evidence against the business,” he said.
Kejriwal said the business community said, on the directions of Centre, the Income Tax (I-T) department conducts raids to meet their black money recovery target. “Instead of conducting such raids on 7 lakh small traders, I-T sleuths should raid Vijay Malya and I am sure their target of at least Rs 7,000 crore would be met”, he added. Kejriwal said earlier BJP used to be tagged as a “party of the business community”, but now AAP had earned it for itself on the “business-friendly policies of Delhi government”. “We took several rigid steps too but only after taking business community into confidence and they did not oppose it,” he said.
Kejriwal addressed the drugs issue
While talking on drugs issue, Kejriwal said, “We have to further curb this menace in Punjab and once it is curbed, there would be this need of employment after rehabilitation. Business communities like you could help give the job to such youths so that they may not return to drugs.”
Prominent among the AAP leaders who were also present on the occasion include, in-Charge of AAP’s affairs in Punjab Sanjay Singh, Prof Sadhu Singh and AAP MPs Bhagwant Mann, State Convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich (Ghuggi), Himmat Singh Shergill Head of the Legal Cell of the party and former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar.
Many speakers from the Aggarwal community have urged AAP for a seat in Parliament. Utpal Srinivas, who is a prominent leader of the community from Hyderabad, said that the community generated 75 per cent revenue of the country but had only two MPs. “If we have note (money), if we had voted then why we do not have seat?” he asked