AAP delays list, to name candidates by June-end

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 23:21 IST
From right: AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Harjot Singh Bains at a press meet in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Punjab in-charge of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sanjay Singh on Tuesday said the party would announce its first list of candidates for the assembly elections by June-end. The party had earlier said the first list would be out by March and later said the list will be released by April-end.

When asked about the status of party’s suspended MPs Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa, the AAP leader said the two were still primary members of the party and were bound by the party discipline. When pointed out that the recently launched Swaraj Party had claimed the support of the two, Sanjay said the two MPs couldn’t indulge in anti-party work ethically or legally as long as they were members of the AAP.


Senior journalist Major Singh (centre) being welcomed into the party by AAP leaders. (HT Photo)

Addressing a press conference along with party’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and national organisation building head Durgesh Pathak, Sanjay announced that senior journalist Major Singh had joined the AAP. Major Singh has worked with many vernacular newspapers and was working with “Daily Ajit” before joining the party.

Sanjay said journalists were the important part of any society and play a vital role in awakening the masses about the issues concerning society. He said in the past as well, many senior journalists had joined the party.

Major Singh said as a journalist, he had worked for the betterment of society through his writings and it was time to serve society in a different capacity.

61-year-old Major Singh is not new to politics. Belonging to a farming family of Daryapur village in Mansa, Major Singh was the district head of the Punjab Students’ Union in the early 70s. Later, he joined the CPI (Marxist-Leninist), an ultra-left group of the Communist Party. During his association with the party, he was jailed several times.

He also headed the party’s magazines. “The Communist Party focused a lot on reading and writing and its members invariably developed an intellectual character,” he said.

Later, he started working as a full-time journalist with Punjabi Tribune in 1989 and later joined Ajit in Jalandhar the next year. He covered Punjab terrorism and also the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Kargil war.

Some years ago, he left Ajit and shifted to UK where he attempted to start a paper. However, he returned to Punjab and joined the SAD-supported Fastway channel as its news head in Ludhiana. He rejoined Ajit and was the president of the Jalandhar Press Club.

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