Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday promised to constitute an SIT to probe the alleged incidents of excesses against dalits in Punjab.
While visiting the birth place of founder of Bahujan Samaj Party’s Kanshi Ram in Pirthipur Bunga Sahib, Kejriwal said, “Post-independence, Kanshi Ram is the biggest hero. Bharat Ratan should be awarded to him. We will constitute an SIT to investigate all incidents of excesses. We will open the cases even if they’ve been closed now.”
Kejriwal was welcomed by Kanshi Ram’s sister, Swaran Kaur, who has openly extended her support for the AAP leader.
Mayawati, Kanshi Ram’s chosen political heir, too held a rally marking the BSP founder’s birth anniversary but stayed away from his native place.
She criticised Kejriwal for wooing dalits only to secure their votes.
Punjab is scheduled to go for assembly elections next year and dalit votes, close to 30 %, is likely to play a crucial role in determining the fate of the parties entering triangular contest in 2017.
AAP had won four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in 2014 elections.