A POSTER carrying pictures of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, urging people to celebrate Bhindranwale’s birthday on February 9, has sparked off a controversy here.
While AAP leaders led by state incharge Sanjay Singh and convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur distanced the party from the posters, stating it was “dirty politics” being played by rival parties, the Punjab Congress was quick to react, accusing AAP of engaging in “disruptive politics”.
The poster, carrying pictures of Kejriwal in a turban, Sanjay Singh, Chottepur, Bhagwant Mann and Prof Sadhu Singh, states AAP would celebrate Bhindranwale’s birth anniversary and urged party workers to head to the nearest gurdwara to celebrate the anniversary.
Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh accused AAP of “engaging in disruptive and destabilising tactics for short term political gains that could create anarchy”. He asked AAP to come clean on the posters and make its stand on the issue clear. He also took on AAP over its slogan on invoking Inquilab. Amarinder said there was no need for any kind of revolution as India was a free country and nobody needed to fight for freedom.
Amarinder’s statement met with strong reaction from the AAP camp with the vice-president of Delhi Dialogue Commission, Ashish Khetan, calling Amarinder a feudal, who would naturally be upset with the idea of revolution.
“Our idea of revolution is to bring about a change. It would be a revolution against drug mafia, sand mafia and lawlessness. It will be a fight for change,” said Khetan, who was in town on Tuesday to chair a meeting on the Punjab Dialogue, an interactive campaign to prepare a blue print for party’s manifesto on the lines of Delhi Dialogue.
Sanjay Singh said they had nothing to do with any posters or pamphlets. “It is a conspiracy against us,” he said