AAP leaves Jasraj Jassi to fend for himself

  • Kamaldeep Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2014 22:11 IST

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from here singer-actor Jasraj Singh Jassi seems to be ploughing a lonely furrow as no important party leader has so far come to campaign for him.

"I also do not know who is he…..," This was an absurd reply of an AAP worker to a journalist on the other side of the phone who was called up to be invited for the press conference of Punjabi singer Nirmal Singh from AAP's election office in support of Jasraj Singh Jassi.

Jassi has uploaded many pictures on his Facebook profile in which he has been shown campaigning for different candidates of AAP in the parliamentary elections including HS Phoolka, Dharamvir Gandhi, Bhagwant Mann, Gul Panag and many others.

However, he could not get a single picture yet to upload on the social media of any high- profile AAP leader campaigning for him. Even the party's state-level leaders are missing from Jassi's campaign.

Jasraj, who was the last candidate to be announced from Bathinda and an alien to the region, is all dependent on himself for campaigning. Now it is almost impossible for him to reach all the villages of the parliamentary constituency till the voting day.

His brother Arvinder Singh, who is at the helm of affairs at the election office, said that not a single penny has come from the party so far and Jassi has been spending on the election expenses from his pocket.

"There is hardly any funding from the people's side as well. We have been spending from our own pocket," said Arvinder.

There have been no posters or banners published by the party in support of Jassi and caps are the only medium to disseminate the political message.

Jassi is only taking to the social media and repeatedly making posts on the Facebook in which he calls people to come in his support as he has very limited time for campaigning.

When state convener Sumel Singh Sidhu was asked if Jassi was left alone against his giant political opponent in Bathinda by AAP, he said, "Two people from Delhi are attached with Jassi. We were busy with Arvind Kejriwal's Punjab tour. Very soon star campaigners will come to Bathinda and work for Jassi."

Kejriwal also bypassed Bathinda during his Punjab visit.

Sources said that there was a group in AAP which has a soft corner for the Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal and Jassi's campaign is being left on a low profile so that a big divide in opposition votes could be avoided to keep Manpreet's prospects bright.

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