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  • 8:21 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: “In Delhi, the bridge which had to be built in Rs 300 crores, we got it completed in merely Rs 200 crores. We saved Rs 100 crores. But if that same bridge was to be constructed in Punjab, the amount would had been multiplying, with ministers filling their coffers,” Kejriwal said.

  • 8:15 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: Kejriwal also promised to eradicate corruption from Punjab. “Everyone in Punjab knows how corrupt is the regime of Badals. But Congress could offer no alternative. If there is any party, which could end corruption, it is AAP.”

  • 8:12 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: “Bikram Singh Majithia has filed a defamation suit against me. I have to answer the summons in court. But he cannot suppress us with such cases. We are not afraid of Majithia. He would be defeated and sent behind the bars,. People of Punjab have taken the resolve,” Kejriwal added.

  • 8:10 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: “Who is selling drugs in Punjab? We all know it is Bikram Singh Majithia. I promise you, he would be behind the bars when AAP comes to power,” Kejriwal added.

  • 8:08 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: “The first thing which are government would target is drugs. We will eradicate the menace of drugs in four weeks. Then the next step would be to treat our children who have turn addicted,” Kejriwal said.

  • 8:07 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: “People say AAP would win 102 seats, some say we would win 105 seats. But let me tell you, we will not leave any of the seats for Akali and Congress. We will win all 117 seats.”

  • 7:58 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal addressed a rally in Patiala, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed high-voltage public meetings.

  • 4:27 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly elections 2017 LIVE: PM Narendra Modi ends the rally with ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

Ludhiana, Jan 27: The battle of Punjab is set to heat up with big rallies scheduled in the state on Friday. It will be a full-blown fight in Punjab on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing rallies in the poll-bound state.

Prime Minister Modi is set to address a rally in Jalandhar on Friday and another one in Ludhiana on Sunday. Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda Rural and Majitha. Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Patial at 12 noon.

The battle for Punjab has become even more interesting after former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress and decided to fight from the Amritsar East seat. It is being said that like Uttar Pradesh alliance, Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi also played a major role in getting Sidhu to the party. Speaking to NDTV earlier this week, Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder said, “Priyanka played a major part in bringing Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh, the hockey legend, to Congress.”

Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh has also decided to fight the Punjab Assembly elections 2017 from two seats. He would be fighting not just from his home bastion Patiala, but will also give a direct fight to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the Lambi seat. Captain Singh has said that he is confident of defeating Badal on the seat and in the state.

On the other hand, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance has been attacking the Congress for Sidhu’s ‘U-turn’ and the AAP for ‘being backed by Khalistani elements’. The Akali Dal, in its manifesto, released earlier this week has promised over 20 lakh jobs to the youth and turning the cities of Punjab into technology, tourism, handloom hubs. The SAD has also promised development of the state’s rural areas to make them as good as the urban areas. Its ally BJP in its manifesto focuses on physical infrastructure, poverty elimination, education and health care.

It is an interesting three-way battle in Punjab with mixed results coming out of different opinion polls. Punjab is set to go to polls on February 4 and the counting of seats will take place on March 11.