AAP playing a dangerous game, says its Patiala MP

Don’t support release of radicals, said Dharamveer Gandhi

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published:July 25, 2015 1:40 am

Two days after he was warned against speaking up in public against the party leadership, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dharamveer Gandhi on Friday said his party was playing a “dangerous game” by supporting the protest by radical Sikhs for the premature release of militants.

“It will be a disaster for Punjab if AAP, chosen as an alternative by the people of state, plays into the hands of certain hardliners. After all, the state recovered from the troubled days of militancy with such difficulty,” Gandhi said.

He, however, added he had no evidence to prove that AAP leaders were pitching in for the release of militants. “I have read media reports. We do not want to go down that road again. We have suffered enough in the past,” he said.

AAP state convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur had recently visited Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa, who has been on a hunger strike since January seeking the release of Sikh prisoners. Yogendra Yadav, too, had endorsed Khalsa’s protest.

Gandhi said he would not stop airing his grievances against the party even if he is sacked. “I do not want to be part of this decline of the team that had promised a clean governance to the people. Look at the way the decadence has already set in. As many as five MLAs have been booked in different cases and as per media reports more MLAs will be named accused. Is this what we stood for? I do not bother about any warnings. I cannot betray the people who voted for me.”

Responding to the warning issued by Chhotepur, he said, “(AAP national convenor Arvind) Kejriwal never came to support me in Patiala, while he addressed five rallies for Chhotepur. Why didn’t Chhotepur win if Kejriwal was so important? This is my answer to Chhotepur when he says I was elected only because I was a member of the AAP.” The Patiala MP said, “The top leadership of AAP is dictatorial, making the outfit undemocratic and autocratic… They are becoming like other political parties that will do anything to win elections.”

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  1. S
    Mar 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm
    Shame on Indian Express and Shekhar Gupta who never leave a chance to blacken Sikh-Community....giving headlines which have nothing to do with the article....Y not he wrote positive 'coz Shekhar himself is of communal nature and I have already left taking Indian Express only 'coz of his atude towards Sikh Community....
    1. S
      Jul 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm
      Biharis who voted Lalu to power for more than a decade = Delhi people who voted Kejriwal to power. Both are victims of hollow politicians.
    2. R
      Jul 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm
      Hmmm then y r so many mallus flooding middle east and singapre and other places? Y can't your so called good communist fellas give jobs to them in Kerla itself?
      1. R
        Jul 27, 2015 at 9:02 am
        Brother Kerala and west bangal are two most capital deficit state of India. They are on the path of Greece. Here is ur failure of communism
        1. B
          Bijan Mohanty
          Jul 31, 2015 at 8:48 am
          AAP is the only party which is pro-people and fulfilling the aspiration of people. This adverse propaa is by the motivated media and paid publicity agents of Narendra Modi govt.
          1. B
            Bijan Mohanty
            Jul 31, 2015 at 8:49 am
            I find you a hollow man.
          2. D
            D P
            Jul 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm
            The state of Punjab has paid a heavy price for militancy created and practiced by misguided youths calling demands for Khalistan. It must be remembered that playing into hands of foreign powers or local politicians and create social disturbance does not bring prosperity to the common people, Yes, it can bestow notoriety to trouble makers. I support Dharanbeer hi and respect his views on possible nexus of collaboration between trouble makers in Punjab and AAP. I must also let readers know that I do not have faith in the ability of Delhi leaders belonging to AAP including Arvind Kejriwal.
            1. J
              j s
              Jul 25, 2015 at 8:33 am
              hi, Khalsa & others should not cross limits in the interest of party unity. Arrogance is a starting point of fall. J S
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