After the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday announced the name of Himmat Singh Shergill as its candidate from Mohali for the next year’s Assembly elections, party leaders and workers didn’t seem enthused and said that they felt “cheated”.
Though the local leaders are speaking openly, there is resentment among some of them who are terming Shergill as a paratrooper in the constituency.
Shergill, who gave a tough fight to Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and Congress heavyweight Ambika Soni in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, stayed away from the area for a long time, which the party workers feel is giving a wrong impression on the local residents.
A local party leader, who also went to Delhi during the last elections, said they were expecting someone local from Mohali, but the party has committed a mistake that the SAD is committing for the past long time.
The leader who wished not to be named said they are feeling cheated as Shergill was not active in the area since he lost the elections in 2014 and never participated in any activity carried out by the party activists.
“After losing the elections, he did not even come to say thanks to the people of Mohali who gave him lead from the constituency. In the Lok Sabha elections even, he did not spent much time in the constituency,” added the leader.
Shergill was not available to comment.
Shergill, a Supreme Court lawyer by profession, was contesting the case of farmers of Gujarat who were asked to vacate their land by the state government.
He got more than three lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and emerged as a strong contender to both the senior leaders.
He led by over 5,000 votes in Mohali over the winning candidate Chandumajra.