The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Baisakhi rally here on Wednesday saw its women wing president Baljinder Kaur managing the stage, unlike the recent edition of Maghi Mela where party’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann supervised the stage management.
While Kaur didn’t deliver any speech, with the assistance of Mansa’s youth leaders, including Shinderpal Singh and Rajveer Singh, she managed to hold the crowd together in the scorching heat.
“Though all parties have a woman face, AAP is also concerned about social issues plaguing women. I was given the responsibility of entire stage management, which no other political party would have even offered to its female workers at such a big event,” Kaur told HT.
Having a Panthic background, Kaur fought the Talwandi Sabo bypoll elections in 2014 but lost to SAD MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh. Within party circles, it is perceived that nominees for the upcoming assembly elections of Mansa (district) and Talwandi Sabo seats should have her consent.
After taking over the stage, Kaur first asked the kisan cell chief, Nazar Singh Manshahiya, who is also seen as a prime contender for the Mansa assembly seat, to address the gathering.
With Mann assuming centre stage in absence of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, district youth wing leaders Rajveer Singh and Shinderpal Singh, too, got significant exposure in managing the stage.
“Senior leaders showed faith in my abilities and included me in the core committee for stage management. I have been involved in organising cultural events, which helped me a great deal in Wednesday’s rally,” said 28-year-old Rajveer Singh, the joint secretary of the party’s Mansa youth wing, who kept announcing the crowd strength throughout the event.
The youth wing in-charge of Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency, Shinderpal Singh, who also addressed the gathering, thanked the party for encouraging the foot soldiers to take the centre stage in such a high-profile rally. “With a battery of senior leaders on the stage, it was a great opportunity to present my views through the platform,” said Shinderpal.