The 'dharna' by workers of the Aam Adami Party (AAP) in front of party's district office here to protest against the nomination of Balwinder Kaur as nominee for Kurukshetra parliamentary seat continued for fourth day on Sunday. The protesters passed a resolution against her nomination and demanded change of candidate.
A member of the local executive committee, Satinder Gaur released a memorandum, which was sent to AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal. The members said they were part of the 'Sawraj Andolan' since it was started about a-year-and-a-half ago against the prevailing corruption and 'parivarvad' (nepotism) and they do not find the nomination of Balwinder Kaur according to the values of the party.
The memorandum said when the selection committee did not find Gurnam Singh illegible for nomination, his wife Balwinder Kaur's candidature was merely a case of 'parivarvad' and nothing else.
It further pointed out that the Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency was being represented by industrialist Naveen Jindal, whose name was included in the list of the 'most-corrupt' politicians of the country, which was released by the AAP.
The party should have nominated some national figure against Jindal to prove the charge, it said. "People would say like other political parties, the AAP also intentionally gave a free run to Jindal by nominating a
'weak' candidate selected on the basis of 'parivarvad'," it added.
The memorandum said though Gurnam Singh was a farmer leader, his attitude and policies towards other sections of society were questionable and under doubt, which needed to be discussed at the national forum of the party, otherwise AAP would repeat mistakes committed by the Congress and Communists.
It said Balwinder Kaur could be a good house wife to Gurnam Singh but the workers have serious doubts over her ability to propagate the views and policies of the party.
"Being disciplined workers of the party, the executive members of the local unit demand replacement of the candidate," it added
It said workers have started an 'andolan' here for reconsideration of candidate and Gurnam Singh also came to address the protesters, wherein he agreed that the process of nomination was not correct but he claimed that looking at his struggle, Balwinder Kaur was given ticket by Arvind Kejriwar himself. This clarification by him had failed to satisfy the general body of the party here, it added.
Raising point of 'lokraj', the memorandum demanded that someone who had struggled for the values of the party must be nominated from Kurukshetra.