With Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Devinder Sehrawat alleging in a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that women were being exploited in Punjab on the pretext of a party ticket, Congress leader and former Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari on Tuesday said the people of the state need to ask themselves are they going to entrust the governance of Punjab to stand-up comedians and those who have been accused of sexually exploiting women.
“It’s absolutely serious. The tragedy of Punjab is that we have a very high level of addiction, especially in rural areas, to poppy husk called ‘puggy’ and now we seem to have swung to ‘cughhi’. The people of Punjab need to ask themselves are they going to entrust the governance of to stand-up comedians, or to the people who have been accused of sexually exploiting women; these are the people who are going to govern Punjab,” asked Tewari.
Asking the people of Punjab to weigh their options very carefully, Tewari said “Under those circumstances, it is extremely and absolutely necessary that the people of Punjab weigh their options very carefully. And, if these allegations turned out to be correct, that the AAP in charges who are actually from outside Punjab have allegedly been insulting and assaulting Punjabi women, not going to play out very well in Punjab, I can tell you.”
In his letter to Kejriwal, Sehrawat stated, “I saw disturbing reports about women being exploited in Punjab in return of or giving promise of ticket. I am meeting people in Chandigarh to check the position on the ground. The MLAs of Delhi are unaware about what is being done by Sanjay Singh, Durgesh etc as party representatives in Punjab. Dilip Pandey is doing same in Delhi. Fermenting trouble in constituencies etc his photos with girls have surfaced regularly. Now the situation is getting indefensible and disgraceful. Action needs to be taken to remove rotten elements.”
When asked about the National Commission for Women (NCW) summoning AAP national spokesperson Ashutosh, Tewari said, “Well that’s between the National Women Commission and him. The larger issue is that would Punjab want to entrust its governance or would even Delhi want to be governed by the people who are accusing each other of sexual exploitation?”