The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday described the alliance between AAP and Lok Insaaf Party as “marriage between two rank opportunists” and said AAP had admitted “defeat” in Punjab by aligning with “criminals”. In a statement, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said it was clear that AAP no longer had the strength to fight elections on its own steam.
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“But what it shocking is that it has aligned with Bains brothers – Simarjeet and Balwinder – who have more than a dozen criminal cases registered against them. By aligning with known extortionists AAP has exposed it’s true face to Punjabis today”, he added. The ruling faction accused AAP of joining hands with “criminals and exposed it for what it was – a party without any morals or ethics”.
The coming together of AAP and Insaaf Party is a “marriage between two rank opportunists who are getting desperate to remain politically relevant,” said Cheema. He said the desperation in AAP circles was showing. “How else can you describe its decision to give five seats to a two man party? This proves AAP realises it is no longer relevant in Punjab and is searching for props to remain afloat”.
As far as the Bains brothers and their “rag tag” Insaaf Party is concerned, the Akali leader said the brothers who were now targeting the SAD and the Congress had tried to
“ingratiate” themselves to both parties in the recent past. “Bains brothers tried to get into the SAD after the last assembly elections in 2012. They went against the SAD only when they were turned down firmly and told that the SAD did not subscribe to their brand of blackmail politics.
He said recently the Bains brothers held meetings with the Congress in order to join the party but when they did not get what they wanted they chose to join AAP today,” he said.