Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) former Punjab convener Dr Sumel Singh Sidhu stated that the party had disappointed its supporters by not contesting the crucial Khadoor Sahib bypoll, which was expected to be held in the month of May.
The AAP dissident was interacting with mediapersons during his visit to Goindwal Sahib, where he has decided to establish his election office. After another AAP dissenter Bhai Baldeep Singh, Dr Sidhu has also kicked off his election campaign for the bypoll and has started making contacts with different local organisations, social activists and voters to garner their support.
He said he was contesting the bypoll as Punjab Sanjhiwal Morcha candidate whose agenda was to provide alternative politics based on genuine issues. He said, “Since couple of days, I have been here to make proper network to give systematic shape to my campaign. I am making efforts to get other like-minded local groups into the fold.”
He said, “There is big scope of alternative politics in the state, as people give sizeable response to the movements undertaken by the people in recent past. AAP victory in last Lok Sabha elections in the state can be seen as success of these movements. Recently, farmer agitation in Bathinda and Sikh agitation against sacrilege incidents are part of this movement. Congress leader Ramanjit Singh Sikki’s resignation was also a result of this uprising, which can change the equations in upcoming bypoll.”
“In spite of that AAP has left the ground open to corrupt parties such as Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress. Rank and file of the AAP got deeply disappointed over this decision, which suggests that enjoying power is sole motive of the party leadership. So, I have decided to contest the bypoll,” he added.
Commenting on Sikki’s resignation from legislature, he said he admired him for protesting against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, but the question arose as to what he would do if he won the election again and sacrilege incident happened again.