More than 500 AAP volunteers and residents of villages in Sahnewal constituency gathered at Katana Sahib Gurdwara early on Saturday morning as one of the party’s youngest candidates kicked off his election campaign after paying his respects at the holy site.
Flanked by Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Payal candidate Gurpreet Singh Lapran and Ropar candidate Amarjit Singh, Bains acknowledged supporters from an open jeep.
As soon as the road show began, slogans of ‘Torenge har ik nu naal, Sirjange nava Sahnewal’ (Will take everyone along and make a new Sahnewal) reverberated across the Sirhind canal.
Party volunteers and nearby villagers started gathering at the venue at 9.30am even as they were asked to come at 10. Most of them were wearing stoles with pictures of AAP leaders printed on them.
Mann had instructed everyone beforehand that no traffic violation should take place during the roadshow.
“There should be no sloganchanting against any political party. Even if you pass in front of a leader from another party, no one should raise any slogan against the party,” he said.
Mann said volunteers should only highlight what AAP will do after ‘coming to power in 2017’. Around 50 motorcycles and 150 cars including SUVs formed the cavalcade of Bains that meandered through the lanes of villages in Sahnewal constituency. Residents and shopkeepers, all came out in heavy numbers to greet the youngster. Bains told the gathering that he was chosen by the party to serve the people of Sahnewal. “I am a common person and I am like your son,” he told residents of Katana village. Senior Akali leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon is the serving MLA of Sahnewal.
He is also the state’s irrigation minister. This was Aam Aadmi Party’s second rally after senior leader HS Phoolka kicked off their poll campaign at Dakha constituency on Friday.