September 6, 2015 6:21:10 am
Growing factionalism will not affect the Aam Admi Party’s chances in the 2017 Assembly elections, the party’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh asserted on Saturday. The duo were in Ludhiana in connection with AAP ‘Connect Punjab’ rally.
“The Delhi assembly verdict will soon be part of the Guinness Book of World Records as no other political party in the world has effected such a clean sweep. I congratulate Sanjay Singh for this as he worked hard in the Delhi polls, but I would like to add that AAP will break this record in Punjab in 2017,” MP Bhagwant Mann said.
“AAP tickets will be given to people like you. The kulfi wala, chakki wala, cycle repair wala will be the ones re-writing Punjab history in 2017 polls. Like Delhi, even in Punjab all new faces will win polls,” Mann added.
The Sangrur MP also continued his attack on Congress veteran Capt Amarinder Singh. “Capt Amarinder during his rally in Dirba said AAP has no experience, he should ask his wife Preneet Kaur and even former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit if they had any experience before entering politics,” Mann said.
AAP’s state convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur, apart from speaking on law and order problem, also visited the house of the girl who was raped and murdered in Ludhiana’s Shimlapuri area.
AAP Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh once again justified the suspension of the two MPs – Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa.
“Both of them participated in a parallel conference organised on Rakhar Puniya and hence it was an anti-party activity. Action had to be taken. They are suspended for the time being and their case will be decided by the party’s disciplinary committee,” he said.
He, however, continued to mention that AAP has four 4 MPs from Punjab. “During the Lok Sabha elections, 400 of our candidates lost their security deposits but Punjab gave us four MPs which acted as a base for our historic victory in Delhi,” Sanjay Singh said.
The rally was, however, hit by a thin gathering while the party’s MP candidate from Ludhiana, H S Phoolka, was also conspicuous by his absence. Phoolka is the Aam Aadmi Party’s legal cell head and Mann said he was busy with the party’s legal affairs in New Delhi.
Sikh groups protest
Sikh organisations carrying posters of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale raised slogans against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas at the rally venue in Ludhiana. They accused Vishwas of having spoken ill of Bhindranwale and alleged that AAP was anti-Sikh.
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