AAP Spells Out Poll Strategy For Punjab


NEW DELHI – Emboldened by the unexpectedly good showing in the 2014 general election in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) aims to strike it rich in the coming Assembly elections in the state, and that too without forging an alliance with any party.

The party has already begun its poll exercises. Talking to The Tribune, AAP’s central leader and in charge of Punjab Sanjay Singh said the electoral contest would be solely between “corrupt, mafia-infested government headed by the Badal clan and promise of clean and people-friendly administration by AAP.”

For the first time, a member of AAP leadership has publicly spelled the party’s poll strategy, which was being fine-tuned for Punjab.

“The Congress will be nowhere, with or without Capt Amarinder Singh heading its charge,” he said.

Considered to be part of AAP’s things tank, Sanjay Singh opened the conversation with strong condemnation of a pro-Khalisatani demand at November 10 Sarbat Khalsa. He rebutted SAD’s charge that his party was exploiting the turbulence in the state.

“AAP supported the congregation as it was convened avowedly over the sacrilege incidents and death of two youths in police firing. But the occasion was hijacked by vested interests,” he said.

He alleged the SAD and the Congress had colluded to divert the people’s attention from basic issues by engineering communal and religious issues. He alleged the government did not act in time when the first incident of sacrilege was reported which allowed the situation to flare up.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejrwal took out time to meet the bereaved families, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal took more than month to pay to do so, he added.