Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh has ruled out the possibility of an alliance in the 2017 state elections, saying the AAP “will contest all 117 seats”.
“The party is in the mood to repeat the Delhi results in Punjab,” Sanjay said on Tuesday at a press conference here to announce AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Punjab on January 13. The party’s national convener will address its Maghi Mela congregation in Muktsar, parallel to the annual gatherings of the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Denying the need for alliance, Sanjay Singh said the Congress and the Akali-BJP coalition were “scared of the AAP, which has come to Punjab with honest and clean politics”.
On December 15, the AAP is also scheduled to organise statewide protests to demand the resignation of agriculture minister Tota Singh over the multi-crore-rupee pesticide scam. The date coincides with the Congress and Akali rallies in Bathinda and Patiala, respectively.
Dubbing Punjab Police as “goons in khakhi, led by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal”, Sanjay said the AAP workers would not succumb to any kind of state repression.
He said in case the state government did not sack the agriculture minister, it would be construed that the Badals also had a share in the spoils of the pesticide scam, in which a fake company was given supply orders worth `33 crore.
At the press conference, Sanjay presented the AAP workers injured in last Sunday’s police assault during a march to the chief minister’s residence in Chandigarh to demand Tota Singh’s resignation. “We will continue our agitation until the agriculture minister quits,” he said.
Sanjay Singh demanded a high-level inquiry into the allegations of dismissed cop Gurmeet Pinky in an interview that he had killed 50 men on the orders of senior police officers during terrorism in Punjab. “The mention of former DGP (director general of police) Sumedh Singh Saini in that interview is a serious matter requiring investigation,” said Sanjay.
He also questioned how Saini had been elevated as Punjab Police chief during the Badal regime. AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and senior leaders Durgesh Thakur and Himmat Singh Shergill, besides youth leaders, were present.
Sanjay Singh said the party’s disciplinary action committee was yet to decide the fate of the suspended AAP MPs Dr Dharamveera Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa. Replying to a question about the possibility of the revoking their suspension, he said: “Any decision of the committee will be acceptable to us.”
Won’t fight for Khadoor Sahib
The AAP will not contest the upcoming election to the Khadoor Sahib assembly seat that fell vacant after Congress legislator Ramanjeet Sikki resigned last month. “Why fight to win a single seat for just six months when our focus is on winning all 117 to make the government,” said Sanjay Singh.