Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met Radha Soami sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon at Beas in a bid to broaden AAP’s base in the state where assembly polls are slated early next year and the sect has a considerable following.
Kejriwal met Dhillon at Dera Radha Soami, also known as Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, and spent over 30 minutes with him.
Kejriwal took blessings from the sect chief and discussed the political scenario of Punjab in view of the upcoming assembly elections, an AAP spokesman said.
AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Ghuggi and MP from Sangoor Bhagwant Manna were also accompanying Kejriwal.
The Delhi Chief Minister had come to Punjab to attend Aggarwal community gathering in Jalandhar.
Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had also met the Radha Soami sect chief at Beas in March this year.
BJP leader L K Advani had also visited Beas in 2014 and attended the morning discourse of the sect head.
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.
On the drug menace in Punjab, Kejriwal said, “We have to curb this and once it is done there would be a dire need of employment for rehabilitating youths.”
He said the business community could help by giving jobs to such youths so that they don’t get astray again.
Earlier, on his visit to Jalandhar by road from Amritsar, Congress women wing protested against him showing placards and black flags.
They were protesting against alleged misgovernance of the Delhi government which has been held responsible for dengue chickenguniya deaths.
During his visit at Beas, Kejriwal was accompanied by AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Ghuggi and party’s Sangoor MP Bhagwant Manna.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had also visited Beas in March this year, while Senior BJP leader L K Advani had gone there in 2014 and attended the morning discourse by Dhillon.