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AAP losing appeal among NRIs: Ujjal Dosanjh

punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2016 22:27 IST
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Former premier of British Columbia Ujjal Dosanjh addressing the media in Jalandhar on Sunday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Canadian province British Columbia’s former premier Ujjal Dosanjh said here on Sunday that the NRIs (non-resident Indians) were increasingly becoming disillusioned with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and going back to traditional parties.

“Disappointment about AAP has set in among the NRIs,” he told reporters on the sidelines of pre-launch ceremony of his new book. “I have observed a significant drop in enthusiasm over two months. Earlier, this party was our big hope. Now it’s no different from others.”

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Dosanjh, who has his roots in Phagwara, said there were “blind spots” in the politics of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal. “How can you compromise on the ethical front?” he said, citing the AAP’s controversies such as the fake degree of former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar.

He said even in February when he had come to India, a “big shot” in the party told him that Kejriwal might not be looking for money but that didn’t mean that he was not corrupt. “The other ways being corrupted are equally condemnable,” Dosanjh said in reply to a question. Asked to comment on the politics of Punjab, he said “dirtiest in India”.

“Already abuses have replaced political dialogue,” he said. “For true change, this culture must go.”