AAP refuses Bajwa's offer for all-party meet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 21:14 IST

An all-party meeting called by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa on the alleged molestation and killing of a 13-year-old girl in Moga on Tuesday was postponed after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) refused to share a common platform with the Congress.

AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chottepur said they would be fighting against the Congress in the 2017 state polls and would not join cause with the party.

Reacting to Bajwa's assertion in an interview in HT on Tuesday wherein he said AAP had no credentials in governance, he said the country had seen the credentials in governance of the Congress, which ruled the country for over 60 years.

"Bajwa had called me to join the all-party meet. I expressed my inability to do so," he said.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, Bajwa said the all-party meet convened by him to discuss a strategy to intensify the agitation against the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab that had turned into mafia state had been deferred by a few days and a new date would be announced soon.

The Communist parties were busy with their May 6 programme on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and the BSP's state leadership would discuss the issue with their senior leadership in Delhi and revert, he said.

The People's Party of Punjab (PPP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Longowal had confirmed participation in the all-party meeting.

Bajwa added that the alleged molestation and the murder of the Moga girl Arshdeep was culmination of the 'jungle raj' prevailing in the state.

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