Amid the widening rift between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members in Punjab, the resentment among workers against the ticket allotment for 2017 assembly is coming to fore as party workers staged protest against provision of ticket to Baljinder Kaur from Talwandi Sabo assembly segment on Wednesday.
The workers gathered in Bhai Dal Singh park in the morning and took out a protest march in the city raising slogans.
The protesters were carrying placards opposing Kaur’s candidature.
They wanted Kaur to clear her stand regarding the funds collected during August 2014 by-polls in the constituency in which she was a party candidate.
The protesters were lead by Raju Aulakh, Gora Singh Sran, Sonu Sukhladdi, Tejinder Singh and Gursewak. “Party ticket was given to Baljinder Kaur despite the fact that she had lesser votes of volunteers,” said Aulakh.
“Party workers had demanded clarity on funds collected in 2014 assembly by-polls from Baljinder but nothing has been made clear,” he said clamming that the party volunteers were not coming forward in support of Kaur.
“The party high command has been made aware about the allegations regarding the dual vote of Baljinder in which her father’s name was different and her family tried to grab land of a deceased man Amarjit Singh who was mentioned as Baljinder’s father in one vote,” said the protestors.
Importantly, a group within the party on a Facebook page Nabz-E-Punjab threatened to oppose Baljinder’s candidature from any assembly segment alleging that she tried to usurp the land of a deceased man fraudulently.
“Those leading the protest have nothing to do with party and some of them have been removed from the party,” said Kaur. “If I had not been honest how could party make me Punjab’s women’s wing president,” she said on party funds in 2014 by-polls.
She denied the allegations of land grabbing terming these as vague and claimed party was aware of each and every thing.