The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s directive to its four MPs in the state to submit a report on their parliamentary performance over the past year within five days (from Tuesday) has drawn ridicule from the legislators, who have also branded it as 'pressure tactic' to quell dissent.
Two of the four legislators Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh from Faridkot are in Canada.
"It (asking for a report card) is a mere joke. Look, who is seeking details," said Fatehgarh Sahib Member of Parliament (MP) Harinder Singh Khalsa, referring to the text message of Punjab political affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh. The MPs have been asked to reply to three questions - how many questions of public interest have they raised in Parliament; how have they contributed to the party's growth in their constituency, and how much work had they accomplished in their constituency?
"Seeking details of our performance is only a pressure tactic and is meant to dissuade us from speaking against the central leadership," said Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, who is in Srinagar for an informal meeting with railway officials.
He added that the MPs would soon meet to decide on whether to reply to the questions.
Interestingly, Sanjay's demand for a report card has come at time when the MPs, along with other senior leaders associated with the party for long, have been questioning the recent appointments made by him and the party's state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur. Khalsa and Gandhi have been claiming that committed workers and volunteers had been ignored and the duo had appointed their favourites to top party posts.
They have also claimed that no MP was being consulted in the restructuring of the party's Punjab unit in preparation for the 2017 assembly elections.
Khalsa added that the report card was sought because they had raised certain questions over the party's credibility during the restructuring of the state unit.
"Suddenly, the central leadership has sought a report and that too for the first time in 12 months. This has been done as we (the MPs) have started targeting a coterie in the party for malpractices," he added, claiming that their calls to curb indiscipline in the party state unit had been ignored.
Seeking details of our performance is only a pressure tactic and is meant to dissuade us from speaking against the central leadership.
Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, Patiala MP