• search
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

Kejriwal woos traders in Punjab, meets Radha Soami sect chief

By PTI
|

Jalandhar, Sept 26: On his second visit to Punjab within three weeks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday reached out to traders promising to end 'raid raj' and also met Radha Soami sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon in a bid to broaden AAP's base the state which goes to polls next year.

Taking potshots at the Centre over black money compliance window, Kejriwal alleged IT department is targeting traders across the country to meet its target while big businessmen like Vijay Malya were going scot-free.

Kejriwal woos traders in Punjab

Wooing the business community, traditionally considered BJP supporters, he said if AAP forms next government it would end 'raid raj' and bring "business-friendly" policies in the state as it has done in Delhi.

The AAP national convenor also met Radha Soami sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon at Beas. The sect has a considerable following in the state.

Kejriwal met Dhillon at Radha Soami headquarters, also known as Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, and spent over 30 minutes with him.

Reconsider removal of DERC chief, Kejriwal urges Jung

"During the meeting, they discussed the political scenario of Punjab in view of upcoming assembly election in the state, an AAP spokesman said.

Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had also met the Radha Soami sect chief at Beas.

Kejriwal said the trader community has complained to him of unnecessary IT department raids.

"Instead of conducting such raids, IT sleuths should be raiding Vijay Malya and I'm sure their target of at least Rs. 7000 crore could have been met," he said in an apparent reference to Centre's Income Declaration Scheme which gives citizens time till September 30 to declare undisclosed income.

"Giant corporate houses are being allowed to go scot free with the loot, which indicates the government's intention on the issue of black money," the Delhi CM said.

He claimed the AAP government in Delhi reduced VAT on many items from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent even without the traders asking for it.

Speaking on the occasion of Maharaja Agarsen Jayanti here, Kejriwal, who attended the programme as chief guest, vowed to end 'raid raj' in Punjab if his party comes to power after the 2017 Assembly poll in the state.

"It is our observation that raid raj instead of curbing corruption encourages it among corrupt bureaucrats and inspectors," he said, adding, it's very important governments must discourage 'raid raj' in any state.

"When we came to power in Delhi, about 150 raids were being conducted per month, which we stopped and now raids are allowed only in cases the department has ample evidence against whom the raid to be conducted," he said.

PTI

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Enable
x
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more