In the Muslim-majority Malerkotla town and Hindu-majority Somsons Colony— it has some Sikh families but not a single Muslim household — Laxmi Narayan Mandir and Aqsa Masjid stand next to each other, as a testimony to the communal harmony fabric of this town.
"In 2014 and 2017, the party was spreading its wings in Punjab and hence assistance was provided to us by the Delhi team. But now party organisation is in place and we have been given a free hand," says AAP's Sangrur candidate Bhagwant Mann.
In the ten-minute video, posted on Mann's Facebook page on Wednesday, the party's state chief can be seen saying, "We can beat the candidates in honesty and transparency but we cannot beat them in money."
Jasraj had in the past accused Mann of having sabotaged his election campaign in 2014. He had gone on record saying that Mann deliberately did not allow AAP convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to campaign for him in Bathinda.
18 people had left for Manikaran on nine motorcycles. Villagers said they haven’t been able to contact any of them ever since they heard of the landslide but have found out that a few of them had survived.