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AAP to hold Tiranga Yatra in poll-bound Punjab

AAP has been making forceful attempts to amplify its nationalistic credentials

kejriwal ayodhya saryu Representational image. Arvind Kejriwal performing aarti on the banks of the Saryu river | Twitter handle of AAP

Intensifying its campaign for the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party will hold a Tiranga Yatra in the state on December 2.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will lead the yatra, which will be held in Pathankot. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will also take part, party sources said.

The AAP has so far held Tiranga Yatras in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh in a bid to emphasise upon its nationalistic credentials, and will be expecting to do the same in Punjab.

It is believed that the Hindus in the state continue to have apprehensions about the AAP, which was, in the previous assembly elections, perceived to have flirted with Sikh extremist elements. In fact, it was one of the reasons why the party failed to live up to the pre-poll projections in the last assembly polls.

The yatra is seen as an effort to assuage the concerns of the Hindu community in the state. Pathankot, which lies on the border with Jammu and Kashmir as also Himachal Pradesh, is a Hindu-dominated area. The Bharatiya Janata Party has traditionally done well in Pathankot.

The AAP has made a forceful attempt to amplify its nationalistic credentials, and its leaders, especially Kejriwal, have worn their Hindu identity on their sleeves, with their visits to temples and organising televised Diwali. Tiranga Yatras in the UP and naming a former Army man as its chief ministerial face in Uttarakhand are seen as part of this effort. These initiatives, though in UP and Uttarakhand, are now seen as part of the AAP's effort to deal with the perceived misgivings of the Hindu community with regard to the party.


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