Five months after he was expelled from the Congress for indiscipline, Jagmeet Singh Brar Tuesday extended unconditional support to AAP claiming that they both share a common agenda to defeat the Badals. “I am not extending support to AAP for anything in return. We have a common agenda. I have not sought any ticket from them,” Brar said.
A two time member of Parliament, Brar, who recently launched the Punjab Lok Hit Abhiyan, said that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who first introduced him with Arvind Kejriwal and that party leader Sanjay Singh was the architect of the alliance between them.
Brar along with former MLA’s Harbans Lal, Vijay Sathi, Tarsem Jodhan, Ripjeet Singh Brar and former Sri Mukatsar Sahib Congress president Gurdas Girdhar extended their unconditional support to AAP.
“We have decided to support AAP in the interest of Punjab, as both SAD and Congress have completely destroyed the farmers and agriculture. Besides, they have given birth to the menace of drugs, unemployment and the depleting law & order situation in the state,” he said during a press conference in the presence of AAP Punjab affairs-in-charge Sanjay Singh and other leaders.
Welcoming the support extended by Brar, Singh said, “We have been in touch with Brar for a long time and the issues of Punjab were discussed with him in a threadbare manner. It is not a political alliance, as we have not indulged in any kind of seat sharing or adjustment, but he has extended his support to save Punjab from all the sins, created by Badals and the Congress”.
Lauding the role of Brar in the politics of Punjab, Singh called him a tall leader, who as a Parliamentarian raised voice against his own government in the state on the issue of massacre of Sikhs in 1984.”
Meanwhile, reacting to former colleague’s support to AAP, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh said, “I have full sympathies for the party (AAP). With friends like Brar, you don’t need enemies”, he said, adding, “That is the reason I have complete sympathy for you”.
The PCC president further said that Brar had no option as all the doors had been already slammed on him. “He tried the BJP by praising Modi and criticising his own party leadership and then he started praising Kejriwal while still being in the Congress and despite that no party showed any interest in his overtures so much so he was now forced to announce unconditional support to the AAP”, Amarinder said.