Arvind Kejriwal to Visit Terror-Hit Pathankot


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Pathankot later this week to meet the family members of security personnel killed in terror attack, it was announced on Monday. The Aam Aadmi Party leader will visit Pathankot on the eve of his January 14 public rally in Muktsar Sahib district in Punjab.

“He will reach Pathankot and meet the family members of soldiers killed in the attack,” said a government official. The Delhi CM will fly to Amritsar and then drive to Pathankot and Gurdaspur. He will spend the night in Bathinda district on January 13, an official said. According to the visit plan, on January 13, Kejriwal will go to Jhanda Gujjran village to meet the family of Subedar Fateh Singh.

“Kejriwal will also visit family members of Havaldar Kulwant Singh and taxi driver Ikagar Singh, who lost their lives in the Pathankot terror attack, in Chak Sharif and Bagwalpur Jatta villages in Gurdaspur district,” the official said. Senior AAP leaders will accompany the Delhi CM during his visit. Seven security personnel along with six terrorists were killed in Pathankot air base attack earlier this month.

On January 14, Kejriwal will kickstart his Punjab campaign by addressing a mega rally in Muktsar, as the party gears up for polls in the state scheduled to be held in 2017. The Delhi chief minister is also expected to spend a considerable time in Punjab from next year where AAP is pitted against the Congress and the Akali Dal-BJP combine, party sources said. The AAP, which is yet to project a chief ministerial candidate in the state, is banking on Kejriwal’s image to wrest power in the state.