Some of the non-resident Indians (NRIs) who had come to India to support the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in elections will stay till March 11 to ‘celebrate the victory’.
“Most NRIs have flown back to the countries they had come from. Some of us have been asked by the party to stay till the results,” Joban Randhawa, AAP’s overseas youth wing convener, told HT over telephone. He is staying at his parent’s home in SAS Nagar. “It will be a different feeling to be a part of celebrations when the AAP will win. I want to be a part of that,” he said.
All those who have gone back will come back for the results, he said. “Many NRIs from Punjab who couldn’t come for the campaigning but supported the party in whatever way they could from the countries they stay in are also expected to join us on March 11,” Joban said.
Joban said till the result day they plan to spend the time like vacations — enjoy good weather, shopping and meet relatives.
A large number of NRIs had booked their return tickets for February 3 or 4, apprehending threat from the opposition parties, he said. “Those still around are in touch with each other. We will feel at home only when the AAP forms the government in Punjab,” he said.
On January 19, AAP’s 167 NRI supporters from Canada landed in Delhi to support the party. They had come in a single plane, but returned separately as per their itineraries. “We wanted to book one plane for them, but it didn’t happen,” said another NRI, who works with Randhawa.