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AAP’s Bhagwant Mann skips rally at Kala Afghana

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2016 15:56 IST
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Comedian and newly appointed Punjab convener of AAP Gurpreet Ghuggi shaking hands with a child during a rally in Amritsar on Sunday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

A day after a bloody clash between the AAP and SAD workers at Malout, AAP’s Sangrur member of Parliament (MP) Bhagwant Mann, chose to skip the public rally at Kala Afghana, organised by the AAP candidate from Fatehgarh Churrian, Gurvinder Singh Shampura.

In his absence, the spotlight was hogged by none other than comedian Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi, who mixed humour and political sarcasm in equal measure in his speech.

In his 20-minute address, he justified the role of Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak in strengthening the party base in Punjab. He defended Bhagwant Mann and Arvind Kejriwal and attacked the sacked convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur for levelling ‘baseless charges’ against Kejriwal.

Although, the party has yet to officially announce its candidate from the neighbouring seat of Batala, Ghuggi has already started campaigning there. His presence in today’s programme was a sure pointer to the fact that his name can be announced anytime now.

Addressing the gathering, Ghuggi said, “The Punjab voters had matured. You can no longer take them for granted. The turnout at the rally here has made it evident that we are coming to power with a thumping majority”.

Due to the ‘anti-people’ policies of the SAD-BJP alliance, more than 18,000 industrial units have shifted their business to other states.

“Now, industrialists are disinclined to invest in Punjab and this state is increasing unemployment in the state and the frustrated unemployed youths are becoming victims of drugs,” he said.

Gurdaspur is the home district of former AAP state convener Chhotepur.