With BJP bosses making it clear that the party will stay with its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab and contest the 2017 assembly polls together, BJP leader and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Wednesday dropped hints that she along with her cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu may be heading towards the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In January, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, during his Punjab visit, had said Sidhu was welcome to join his party.
In an interview to HT, the CPS said the Sidhus will not campaign for the Akali-BJP alliance in polls. Dr Sidhu added that she would definitely contest the polls, “but won’t represent the SAD-BJP alliance”. CHANDIGARH: A day after Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of trying to destabilise the state by circulating posters and exhorting people to mark the birth anniversary of former militant leader late Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the BJP, too, took on the AAP, terming the move as an “anti-national activity”.
State BJP president Kamal Sharma said in a statement that it was a “desperate attempt to destabilise Punjab and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal should clarify whether his party supports Bhindranwale’s ideology”.
Ridiculing the AAP for “claiming that the poster was the handiwork of other parties”, Sharma argued that if the poster was not released by the AAP, why it didn’t lodge a police complaint.
“There have been accusations that certain AAP leaders had remained active during terrorism and are still pursuing the radical agenda,” he added.
AAP DISOWNS POSTER
AAP leaders on Wednesday disowned the poster depicting pictures of Kejriwal and Bhindranwale, that went viral on social media, ridiculing the Congress as a frustrated lot for highlighting such a thing.
Addressing a press conference here, state party affairs incharge Sanjay Singh said the Congress had made such accusations against the AAP out of frustration.
“They (Congress) want to deviate people’s attention from the real issues like the drug menace and corruption,” he said.
Bhagwant Mann said the AAP’s ‘revolution’ meant its fight to break the nexus of politicians, especially the Akalis, with the drug mafia and also to curb corruption.