Night curfew in Delhi, Kejriwal’s move to postpone elections in Punjab: Punjab PM

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday claimed that the night curfew imposed by the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi was a ploy to postpone the Punjab Assembly elections citing the threat of Kovid as serious. Apart from Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress leader also accused the BJP of wanting to postpone the Punjab elections.

AAP, which is the main opposition party in Punjab, dismissed the claim as baseless and immature. Channi’s remarks came at an event where 58 new buses were inducted into the government fleet, with the chief minister himself driving one and also announcing free travel passes for college students.

He told reporters that his government plans to soon address issues related to Anganwadi workers, ASHA health workers and truck driver unions. But AAP and BJP want elections to be postponed.

He said that AAP has imposed night curfew in Delhi to show that the situation is dire and these elections should not be held. The Congress leader said though his own party is ready for elections today. The Kejriwal government had announced night curfew in the capital from Monday amid rising cases of Kovid and the threat posed by the new Omron variant.

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said that Kejriwal is concerned about the health of the people. The AAP leader termed Channi’s remarks as baseless and immature and said night curfew has been imposed not only in Delhi, but also in some other states.

He said the Congress was scared of Kejriwal’s popularity in Punjab and predicted that AAP would form the next government there. While no political party called for their adjournments in states going to polls early next year, the Allahabad High Court recently suggested that the Election Commission consider postponing them by a month or two due to the pandemic. should do.

The High Court had also suggested a ban on election rallies. The CM announced free passes for the students of both government and private colleges. The 58 new buses are part of 842 that are being added to the state’s fleet at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

Thirty buses of the first batch will go to Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and the remaining 28 to PUNBUS. Channi said that 105 bus terminals are being constructed or renovated at a cost of Rs. 400 crore, 425 new bus routes are being added and 1,406 new bus permits are being given.

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