A number of unions, including unemployed linemen union and contractual workers' unions, have a strong reason to support Aam Aadmi Party as the party manifesto has promised a change and an end to exploitation.
Missing no chance to cash in on the issues relevant to the state, AAP's Bathinda candidate and singer Jassi Jasraj has chosen social media, including WhatsApp, YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter, to convey his message to the people.
Like AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, Jassi Jasraj, too, does not fancy mainstream media and has been appealing to voters to become good journalists by sharing his video message on social media. Jassi is also cashing in on the issues like insult of women by the government and the police and cane-charging of protesters besides unemployment and inflation.
Nearly a-month-and-a half ago, after their long-pending demands for employment and regularisation of jobs went unheeded, 15 different unions in Bathinda in February joined hands and decided to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party and hold statewide protests against the ruling SAD in Punjab. Now these unions are campaigning door-to-door for AAP but without any banners, as they don't want to add to the expenditure of the party candidate.
Different unions, including ETT Teachers Union, Unemployed Linemen Union, PRTC Contractor Worker Union, Worker Animal Husbandry Union, Part Time Sweeper Union, Multi Purpose Health Worker (Female) Union, Sakharta Prerak Union, BKU Krantikari Union, NRHM Staff Nursing Employees Union, GNDTP Contract workers Union, Bathinda; and GNTP Contract Worker Union, Lehra Mohabbat; had earlier declared to support the AAP as a protest against the SAD-BJP government.
"In every village we campaign door-to-door and tell people that before the 2012 assembly polls, the Punjab government had promised to bring in 10-lakh jobs and give 2-lakh government jobs but after coming to power, the government went back on its promise and treated employees or unemployed people, who were demanding their rights, badly.
Nannhi Chaan is nothing but a gimmick as an infant daughter of a protester was forced to die in Bathinda. We too were cheated as jobs were not given even after handing authority letters to us," said Pirmal Singh, state president of Linemen Union, Punjab.