Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana’s Sahnewal constituency Harjot Singh Bains kicked off his poll campaign with a roadshow after paying obeisance at Sri Katana Sahib Saturday.
Commenting on the displeasure expressed by party’s state convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur over the first list of candidates that AAP released Thursday, Bains said being a member of two committees and state convenor, he should have been the first to welcome the list.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Bains said, “Chhotepur was the member of 16- member campaign committee that made the list of probable candidates. He was also the member of a five-member screening committee, which further shortlisted names and sent to Political Affairs Committee (PAC) led by Arvind Kejriwal. “
“Everything happened in his full knowledge. He also knew PAC holds power to take final decision in accordance with the party constitution. Being a state convenor, he should have been the first one to welcome the list.”
Accompanying him was Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Ropar candidate Amarjit Singh and Payal candidate Gupreet Singh Lapran.
Bains said he would be coming up soon with a manifesto specifically for Sahnewal. “Sahnewal is the largest constituency in Ludhiana with varied issues. I will be covering the entire constituency on foot and a document specific to solutions of problems of Sahnewal will be presented before the people.” he said.
On his strategy to compete with sitting MLA and senior SAD leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, also the Irrigation Minister, Bains said, “He might be senior and experienced. But these people are experienced in corruption as well. People want respite from them. I will tell the people that a young man is here to serve them.”
Bains’ cavalcade moved from Sri Katana Sahib as people from nearby villages gathered on the roads to see him.
Amid slogans like Toranga har ik nu naal, sirjange Nawa Sahnewal (Taking everyone along, we will make a new Sahnewal), party volunteers said they were instructed by MP Bhagwant Mann to be disciplined, and ensure no traffic rule is violated and no slogans were raised against any opposition party.
No please-all policy, Chhotepur can air objections, says Mann
MP Mann said there cannot be a please-all policy in any democratic party but Chhotepur is most welcome to air his grievances to Kejriwal.
“Ours is a democratic party and the mission currently is to win the Assembly elections in Punjab, nothing else. Differences occur in every party and it is not possible to please all. But Chhotepur should air his grievances to Kejriwal. AAP is not about my candidate or his candidate, it is about Punjab’s candidate.”
“In a democratic party there are agreements and disagreements. But decision is taken in favor of majority. If Chhotepur has objections over it, he should tell it to Kejriwal.”
“AAP’s mission is not being an MLA or getting red beacon, it is about creating new Punjab. AAP has risen faith in a common man that he too can reach Vidhan Sabha.”
“It is natural for people to get offended or disappointed who did not get ticket but were hopeful. But we are a family. AAP tickets can be won only after hardwork. People cannot sit at home and think that Kejriwal or Bhagwant Mann will come, do rallies and make them victorious. Candidates have to work themselves to get tickets,” he said. ENS