Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leadership, including its supremo Arvind Kejriwal, was left red-faced during a rally at Nihalsinghwala in the district when AAP workers protested against the party’s decision to field Gurbinder Singh Kang from Baghapurana, reportedly under pressure from senior party leader HS Phoolka.
Kang, 62 a former commercial pilot from Ferozepur district, is president of the AAP’s farmers’ and labour wing in Punjab.
The protest started before the arrival of Kejriwal, when Kang was called to address the public. Hundreds of AAP workers, carrying placards with photos of Phoolka and Kang, shouted slogans and created ruckus at the rally venue. Workers kept on raising slogans against Phoolka and Kang for 10 minutes, before an embarrassed Kang left the venue.
As soon as Kejriwal, who was late by three hours, reached the venue, the workers again started shouting slogans. Despite repeated requests by Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, they didn’t end their protest.“Delhi CM has promised me that he will listen to you after the rally. For the sake of Punjab, please maintain the decorum,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders from Baghapurana, led by Youth Congress general secretary Kamaljit Singh Brar, held a protest at the venue against Kejriwal’s silence over SYL canal.