AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday met leaders of Punjab Christian United Front (PCUF) in Jalandhar as part of its ongoing ‘Punjab Dialogue’ programme to gather public response before it frames party’s manifesto for the 2017 Assembly elections.
AAP leader Durgesh Pathak and party’s former Delhi MLA Somnath Bharti discussed the problems faced by Christian leaders in the Doaba region and their long-pending demands, including lack of graveyards, and assured them to keep the same in mind. The Christian leaders, meanwhile, said they would vote for AAP if their demands were considered.
PCUF president George Soni said they had always supported Congress but it was now time to to go ahead with AAP, which has assured them to look into pending demands. In his recent visits to the state, AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had tried to reach out to the Dalits by demanding Bharat Ratna, country’s highest civilian honour for BSP founder Kanshi Ram. He had also met the family of Dalit man Bhim Tank who was found brutally murdered at the farmhouse of a liquor baron who has links with the ruling SAD party.