The AAP is urging people to march to Chandigarh on May 16 to gherao Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence. At meetings, the party has asked its supporters to hire buses and reach the shared capital in large numbers.
According to sources, the party hopes to command 1,400 buses from 13 parliamentary constituencies. On Thursday, Bhagwant Mann, in rallies in Sangrur and Barnala had asked his supporters, “This time we need to hire our own buses. Not like Maghi or Baisakhi conferences where our supporters had come in SAD or Congress buses. Masses need to pool themselves to arrange buses as AAP is public’s party and hence public themselves need to run this campaign.”
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Neel Garg, co-ordinator of AAP from Bathinda said,”From May 5 to May 12 we met at Parliamentary constituency levels and from May 13 onwards, our partymen have been asked to meet their respective Vidhan Sabha constituencies. In every Vidhan Sabha, there are about 10-12 circle heads and each circle head has been asked to arrange one bus each. So from Bathinda alone 103 buses will be going as it has 103 circles. Hiring buses is not an issue as masses themselves are contributing money because they have enthusiasm to be part of AAP.” The protests will be against the alleged food scam worth Rs 12,000 crores, corruption and farmer suicide issues party sources said.
And asked about law and order problem because of thousands of people marching towards Chandigarh, HS Dhillon ADGP Law and Order said, “We have made adequate arrangements in Punjab to check for any law and order problem. In Chandigarh, the UT police has to manage. In case they need any assistance, we are ready to help.”