Asserting that people’s mandate is supreme and it must be respected in a democratic set up, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday however said that AAP’s victory in Delhi assembly polls would not impact the prospects of Punjab politics in anyway.
Talking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of a private function at the residence of district BJP president Parveen Bansal here, the chief minister said despite the fact that AAP managed to form government in Delhi in 2013 as well, everyone knew well what happened later.
Badal said AAP’s victory was confined to only to national capital and subsequently these political developments would not have impending repercussions on the Punjab politics. He said the Shiromani Akali Dal would make introspection of all the factors responsible for its defeat in Delhi at party’s platform.
On a query related to whether the AAP would be contesting the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab, the chief minister categorically said in our Indian democratic system, all political parties have the right and were at liberty to contest these elections, adding that AAP had also earlier contested the 2014 general elections across the country.
He said the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party alliance has always worked for the welfare and overall development of the state and that was why people of Punjab have always supported them.
Earlier, the chief minister visited Hero DMC Heart Institute to inquire about the health of his close confidant and senior Akali leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia, who was hospitalised here since January 28. He also interacted with Bhatia's family members and assured all possible help.