Ready to contest polls on AAP symbol if approached by party: Jagmeet Singh Brar

Blaming "conservative" politics practised by SAD and Congress for "halting" the progress of the state, he said he will work hard to influence people's mind against both the rival parties.

By: PTI | Mohali | Published:September 12, 2016 3:47 pm
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Expelled Congress leader and Punjab Lokhit Abhiyan chief Jagmeet Singh Brar on Monday said he was not averse to fighting Assembly polls on the AAP symbol even as he heaped praise on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“I am prepared to fight polls on the AAP symbol if asked by the party,” Brar, who was expelled from Congress in April, said.

Blaming “conservative” politics practised by SAD and Congress for “halting” the progress of the state, he said he will work hard to influence people’s mind against both the rival parties.

Brar’s Lokhit Abhiyan has offered “unconditional support” to the AAP’s campaign in Punjab ahead of the Assembly polls in the state.

On AAP’s prospects in Punjab, Brar said the party needs to strengthen its reach in Doaba and Majha belt.

Lauding Arvind Kejriwal, he said, “The Delhi Chief Minister is a savior of democracy”, and dismissed rival parties allegation that he is an “anarchist”.

Asked about his plan to launch a “grand alliance” of like-minded parties, he said it appears to be a “cluttered” idea at present.

“Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s wife is still a BJP MLA. Sidhu and his wife have no clarity of mind,” he said.

Sidhu, who quit the BJP last month after differences with top leadership over alliance with the Akali Dal, has already launched a new party, Aawaaz-E-Punjab, with an eye on Punjab polls.

Brar took potshots at SAD and Congress for “playing politics” over the issue of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.

“Punjab has no surplus water. We have nothing to spare for other states,” he said, adding the riparian principle should be followed for sharing water.

He also stressed on the need for an agriculture policy of the state.

Brar claimed he had “ample evidence” regarding Congress state chief’s illegal assets abroad.