Swaraj Abhiyan convener Yogendra Yadav on Friday took a dig at the Aam Admi Party (AAP) from which he was ousted, saying its central leadership led by Arvind Kejriwal had no understanding of federalism and, so, was headed for a debacle in Punjab.
"The central leaders of the AAP are insensitive to Punjab and their approach to the state is no different from that of Indira Gandhi or the earlier monarchs of Delhi," Yadav said at a press conference here. "Punjab was a big hope for the AAP, but the narrow sectarian ideology of its leaders has crushed that hope," he stated.
Asked to react to the Kejriwal statement that doors for him were still open, Yadav ruled out the possibility of his rejoining the AAP.
SWARAJ ABHIYAN MARCH
Yadav is due to start his Swaraj Abhiyan protest march on Saturday from Thikkriwala village near Barnala. It will cover the southern districts of Punjab, besides Haryana, and end with a massive demonstration in Delhi against the central policies and land acquisition in Punjab and Haryana.
He accused Punjab's Akali regime of lying to the people that its policies were pro-farmer, since he said the state had, so far, not even drafted any bylaw related to the amendments in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013. He said the Haryana government had cheated farmers by misusing the legislation on land acquisition.