AAP to launch ‘Punjab Bolda Hai’ drive to prepare poll manifesto

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 20:17 IST
AAP Sangrur MP Bhagwant Singh Mann interacting with the mediapersons during a press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

After the ‘Punjab Jodo’ campaign of holding rallies across the state that comes to an end in the first week of October, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now planned to launch a “Punjab Bolda Hai” (Punjab speaks) campaign, which would be conducted on the lines of the ‘Delhi dialogue’ programme, to list the problems afflicting the state and their solution.

The campaign will comprise discussions with a cross-section of the people representing different segments on problems in Punjab and their solutions on the basis of consultations with experts in different fields. These solutions, if workable, would be included in the party manifesto for the assembly polls in 2017.

Disclosing this here on Tuesday, AAP leader and Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann said that the programme would focus on discussions with the people representing different fields such as agriculture, education, trade and industry, health and seek suggestions from the people on their solutions.

“Before the Delhi assembly polls, we discussed the issues with the people and their workable solutions with experts in these fields. In Punjab also, we would follow the same process. The campaign would start early in 2016 so that the party has enough time to deliberate on the issues which would pave way for the party’s manifesto. The AAP’s manifesto wouldn’t be a bundle of lies and false promises, but would be a vision document for Punjab,” he said.

Mann termed Captain Amarinder Singh’s statement that extreme left and extreme right forces have joined the AAP in Punjab as one made out of frustration and said that the AAP is a secular party. He said that in the same interview, the Congress leader is terming the AAP as a challenge in Punjab while also saying that the AAP has no effect in the state, which reflects frustration oh the part of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Accusing both the SAD-BJP and the Congress government of allegedly patronising different mafias, he said that land, sand, transport and cable mafias have flourished under the rule of both the SAD-BJP alliance and Congress governments and only the people leading these mafia have changed.

Taking a potshot on both the alliance government and the Congress, he said “When the SAD-BJP government is in power, liquor named jugni dominates the market because it is being manufactured by the people of ruling alliance while when the Congress would be in power, liquor brand Heer would control the market because it is manufactured by a Congress leader.”

Farmers refuse to share stage with Mann

Bhagwant Mann had planned to meet and address the farmers, who are on a dharna here demanding compensation for damage to the cotton crop due to whitefly attack, he had to give up his programme as farmer leaders didn’t allow him to share stage with them and address the farmers.

Mann, after addressing the protesting lawyers at the district courts here, had planned to visit the farmers where he was expected to address them. However, farmer leaders had conveyed to AAP leaders that they wouldn’t allow any political interference in their protest and won’t allow Mann to address the gathering or share stage, so Mann didn’t visit the protesters.

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