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AAP’s lust for power exposed: Badal

Cornering the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for “taking money for tickets”, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said the “tug-of-war” in the party had exposed the lust for power amongst its leadership in the state.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2016 10:29 IST
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Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh badal during sangat darshan at Khadoor Sahib ibn Tarn Taran district on Sunday.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh badal during sangat darshan at Khadoor Sahib ibn Tarn Taran district on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Cornering the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for “taking money for tickets”, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said the “tug-of-war” in the party had exposed the lust for power amongst its leadership in the state.

Interacting with the media on the sidelines of a “sangat darshan” in the Baba Bakala assembly segment, the CM said there was hardly any example in Indian polity when the top leadership of the party had been accused of indulging in corrupt practices, that too, for the sake of party tickets.

“Selling of tickets was not the job of political leaders or parties. This reflects that the entire civil war was just aimed at defaming each other to acquire the control of the party. Punjabis are watching this power struggle amongst the AAP leaders that has torn out the party into pieces, just for yearn of power. It is really shameful,” he said.

Ruling out Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh’s charges that state’s fiscal condition has deteriorated, Badal said he had distributed more grants for development during “sangat darshans” in villages in the past five months than what Captain has disbursed in his tenure as the chief minister for five years.

“The Congress was the perpetrator of a deep-rooted conspiracy to deprive the state of its waters by constructing the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. The hostile stand taken by the AAP government in Delhi on SYL case in the Supreme Court has exposed that these people have no sympathy for Punjab or its people,” he said.

The CM reiterated that the SAD-BJP alliance was firm and everlasting and would contest the elections together. He said the SAD would announce its candidates at appropriate for the assembly polls.

‘IS KEJRIWAL COMING WITH A BOMB?’

Asked for his comments on the reported move of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal to camp between Ludhiana and Phagwara in the wake of assembly polls, Badal said: “Let him come. He is not bringing a bomb along. I don’t bother about his move, nor does it affect me.”

Meanwhile, upset over not being heard by the CM during the “sangat darshan”, senior vice-president of SAD district SC wing Sukhdev Singh Pannu resigned from the party. Pannu said: “First the sarpanch of Rampur Bhootwind did not allow me to meet the CM. But when I managed to meet him, I was not heard.”