Dropped as party’s Dharamkot candidate a month after getting the ticket, Dr Ranyodh Singh Sran Saturday blasted the AAP senior leadership and demanded that his Rs 10 lakh he has spent till now on campaigning be refunded. Sran also attacked Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, saying it was only because of the proximity of Daljit Singh Gill with Mann that he had been announced as the new candidate.
Sran also alleged he wasn’t even communicated personally about his ticket cancellation and that AAP senior leadership had no right to stamp him as ‘weak’ candidate just to “hide their own biased decision making and dictatorial policies”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sran, doctor of medicine (MD) from Vinnitsa National Medical University, Ukraine, said, “I demand that all my money, almost Rs 10 lakh I have spent till now, be refunded. It is not a joke going on that after a month you change candidate as per your whims and fancies. I wasted a lot of time and money since October 7 campaigning for AAP. They cannot return me my time but I want my money back.”
Sran said that on Friday, he was summoned at Jalandhar to meet senior leaders, including Jarnail Singh, Gurpreet Waraich and Sanjay Singh where he was not given any final verdict.
“They told me I was slow and weak in campaigning. This despite the fact that of 151 villages in my constituency, I have already covered 55 going door-to-door. Congress and SAD have not even come up with their lists, code of conduct is not imposed and even election dates are not finalized. Even then, I have already covered 55 villages. This is all a sham and it is only to please Bhagwant Mann that I have been thrown out. The new candidate is Mann’s aide from PPP and it has been proven that if you can’t please Mann, you can’t survive in AAP.”
“On Friday, all they told me in Jalandhar was that I would be informed of the final decision. However, even before I reached back home, I got to know through media that my ticket had been cancelled. I have not been communicated this personally till now,” rued Sran.
Running Duknivaran Hospital in Dharamkot since 2004, Sran has been organising medical camps for free patients since years. Putting up at Dharamkot, he belongs to village Fatehgarh Korotana of Moga. He joined AAP as volunteer in 2013.
“Due to demonetisation, some of the works of campaigning got a bit delayed, like putting up posters, hoardings and arranging projectors in villages. All payments are made in cash, but my door-to-door campaigning continued unabated. I was not using any black money to fund my campaign and thus taking out cash from banks took time. It is all a drama to tag me as weak candidate. I am yet to decide if I will stay with party or not,” said Sran.
He said “success” was getting into the head for AAP. “Seeing that people are in their favour over SAD and Congress, they are going mad. It is complete dictatorship that one can throw any candidate as per their own wish,” he said.