Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan to launch political party for Punjab polls

Swaraj Abhiyan leader said they are "seriously thinking" about contesting the assembly elections in Punjab.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2016 5:35 pm
AAP, Yogendra Yadav, Aam Aadmi party, Prashant Bhushan, The duo formed a group called Swaraj Abhiyan after they were expelled from Aam Aadmi Party.

Expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are mulling to launch a political party and may field candidates for the 2017 Punjab assembly election, at a time when Arvind Kejriwal is pulling out all stops to ensure victory in the state.

Swaraj Abhiyan, a group formed by the duo and their supporters after their expulsion from the AAP, said they are “seriously thinking” about contesting the assembly elections in Punjab.

“We intend to launch a political party soon, but no date has been fixed. But yes, we are seriously thinking about contesting Punjab polls,” a senior Swaraj Abhiyan leader told PTI.

Meanwhile, the party has said it will “back” musician Bhai Baldeep Singh from Khadoor Sahib assembly during by-poll in Punjab next month.

“Swaraj Abhiyan is currently a non-political organisation and we don’t hope to launch the party by next month. Bhai Baldeep Singh will contest as an independent and will be backed by Swaraj Abhiyan. We will be putting all our weight behind him,” he said.

Bhai Baldeep Singh, who is also a part of the national executive of the organisation, said, “Swaraj Abhiyan’s support is crucial for the polls.”

Yadav and other Abhiyan leaders are also expected to campaign for Singh next month.

The decision to support Singh was taken on Sunday. He had contested 2014 Lok Sabha polls on AAP ticket from Khadoor Sahib, but had lost.

The seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki resigned from the Assembly in protest against the sacrilege incidents in the state.

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    Archana Das
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:19 pm
    Real good news for India, more civilised people to join politics, replacing thugs, goons, thieves, rapists, looters. Best wishes, tough road ahead.
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      Haradhan Mandal
      Jan 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm
      "Swaraj Abhiyan was formed by the duo - Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan- and their supporters after their expulsion from the AAP". The decision by AAP and Shri Kejriwal ji to contest Punjab State election is to do nothing but to cut down Swaraj Abhiyan's vote share of 'AAP vote' - rather than that of Congress and BJP. If this is the proof that these people were serious to fight corruption - then they (AAP) are as much fraud and fooled the people. The w intention is to cut to size Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan POLITICALLY so as to show who are the real 'AAP'. But will this work for AAP (Kejriwal) morally and ethically?? NO.
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        Ashok kriplani
        Aug 6, 2016 at 4:51 am
        This party will prove t be lethal for rest of all t parties n will unleash the reforms not seen before, political, economic, social, administrative etc.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Jan 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm
          Prashant Bhusanji, do not commit the ber of launching a political party. You will be nowhere. We respect your social crusade. Pl. continue with that.
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            Jan 19, 2016 at 1:53 pm
            Keep going PB and YY. We lpst hope in AAP
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              Deepak Singh
              Jan 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm
              Best of luck to Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan and Swaraj Abhiyan. Hope you are able to rekindle the hope of millions of Indians which was lost when Kejriwal usurped AAP and reduced it to his personal fiefdom.
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                Dinesh Singh
                Jan 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                Did you read your post? Please read again and see how absurd you are sounding.
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                  Dinesh Singh
                  Jan 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                  Kejriwal is winning at least 100 seats out of 117 total if not more. Any stooge party will not cut any ice. In a way I think it is better for YY and PB to waste some money and come to realization that they are finished.
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