A former three time Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Balbir Singh Bath joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday . He was welcomed into the party fold by state convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur and Punjab affairs-incharge Sanjay Singh.
Besides Bath, wife of former finance minister in the SAD government Captain Kanwaljit Singh who died in a road accident in 2009, Sarabjit Kaur along with her daughter Manpreet Kaur and popular singer Sukhwinder Sukhi also joined AAP.
Apart from them, a political outfit Secular Lok Raj led by Harchand Singh Barsat, former OSD of Captain Amarinder Singh, merged with AAP.
After joining the party, Bath claimed that he was feeling unwanted in SAD which was ignoring the Taksali Akalis played a major role in SAD’s emergence in Punjab. He further claimed that the party has become a fiefdom of the Badals.
While welcoming the leaders in the party fold, Sanjay Singh said their entires would add value to AAP.
Responding to a question about resentment following allotment of tickets , Singh said that the party is not a platform to fulfil anyone’s political ambition. “We all are into it as volunteers. Those who are angry at not being given tickets do not subscribe to our ideology.”
He said the party was always open to discussion but those who create indiscipline needs to quit .
Lashing out at Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for accusing that AAP had links with radicals and Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), he said, “I dare him to make public the investigation report which proves our links. There is no place for Khalistanis in our party.”
Chottepur, while responding on a question about his silent protest said it was an internal matter of the party and that he would take up the issue with senior leaders.