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AAP stung by stings: Visitors stripped of pens, mobile phones

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2016 10:58 IST
Aneesha Sareen

The sprawling bungalow at Jhande village near Ludhiana where AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal is staying during his four-day visit to Punjab. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Leaving nothing to chance in the wake of sting operations that have put it on the defensive, the AAP stripped its volunteers of pens, watches and mobile phones before they entered Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s temporary abode here on Friday.

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Women couldn’t even carry their handbags. A group of Asha workers from Faridkot gaped in disbelief on being told about the restriction. Not trusting anyone with their purses, the four women left one of them to guard these, while the rest went in to meet Kejriwal. “Had we known earlier, we would not have carried purses,” said Faridkot Asha workers union vice-president Sarabjit Kaur. A party worker said: “Cameras could be hidden in these pens, watches, and bags. Our rivals have planned sting operations and they might use our disgruntled members to target us.”

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With no seating arrangements outside the palatial house, visitors braved the hot-and-humid weather for more than two hours. Gurcharan Singh (70) who had come with a group of 30 from Maud Mandi in Bathinda, said he had been waiting for two hours in the sun.

Demand to sack Mansa ‘sting man’

High drama started when an AAP volunteer from Mansa, Preet Chahal, demanded sacking of the party’s sting man Gurlabh Singh Mahal. “He is blackmailing everyone. Why is he still with the party?” Chahal asked another volunteer in a heated verbal exchange outside Kejriwal’s temporary residence.

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Two days before he plans to release farmers’ manifesto, Kejriwal met Central University of Punjab (Bathinda) chancellor, agricultural economist, and policy adviser SS Johl at this house here for 30 minutes on Friday.

(With inputs from Tarsem Deogan)