In spite of reports of fallout within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after Harjit Singh Adaltiwala was declared as the party candidate for the upcoming Patiala Urban bypoll, the AAP leaders and volunteers accompanied Adaltiwala amid much fanfare to the mini secretariat where he filed his nomination on Friday.
In a show of solidarity, Patiala member of Parliament (MP) Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and other leaders who had applied for the ticket from Patiala were a part of the rickshaw rally which snaked through the city's streets to accompany the candidate.
It may be recalled that the fissure came to the fore when Adaltiwala, who had jumped ship from the SAD four months ago, was announced as the candidate for the bypoll by party convener Arvind Kejriwal, on July 27.
"We are fighting the election as a unit and not as individuals. We will definitely repeat our success show during parliamentary polls and the reports of fissures in the party were mere speculations raised by opposition parties," said Adaltiwala.
Speaking about the strategy for the bypoll, MP Dr Gandhi said the party was going to resort to the same methods followed in the Lok Sabha polls as the focus would still be to personally reach out to as many people as possible in every ward.
"It is now time to make people aware of the exploitation they have been facing at the hands of corrupt local politicians over the years. We will contest on the plank of civic issues, which are in a pathetic state at present," said Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Adaltiwala and his procession were late for the filing by two hours.