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‘SAD promoting AAP to divide votes; MCD bypolls show Delhi against Kejri’

“The Akali Dal is deliberately trying to promote the AAP in the hope of dividing anti-incumbency votes, which will otherwise straightway go to the Congress,” he said.

punjab Updated: May 17, 2016 21:00 IST
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Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was deliberately trying to promote Arvind Kejriwal’s party with the hope of dividing anti-incumbency votes in next year’s assembly elections.(HT File Photo)

A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest here and at Mohali, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was deliberately trying to promote Arvind Kejriwal’s party with the hope of dividing anti-incumbency votes in next year’s assembly elections.

At a meeting of newly-appointed vice-presidents, general secretaries and district presidents of the party here, he contended that there was a “subtle understanding” between the Akali Dal and the AAP “as was proved on Monday during the so-called gherao” of the Punjab chief minister’s residence here.

“The Akali Dal is deliberately trying to promote the AAP in the hope of dividing anti-incumbency votes, which will otherwise straightway go to the Congress,” he said.

The AAP on Monday held protest at Mohali near here against the alleged multi-crore foodgrain scam in Punjab and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the issue. Amarinder questioned how some of the AAP leaders were “allowed” to reach the CM’s residence despite heavy deployment of police on the entry points. Actually, AAP’s protesting workers had stayed behind the Punjab-Chandigarh border in Mohali while leaders Sanjay Singh, Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Bhagwant Mann had led a delegation that met the CM at his residence’s gates and put forth their demands.

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CM Parkash Singh Badal meeting protesting AAP leaders Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Bhagwant Mann along with others outside his residence in Chandigarh on Monday. (Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

With regard to Tuesday’s results in the Delhi municipal bypolls in which the AAP won five out of 13 wards, Amarinder saw it as a reflection of popular sentiment being against the ruling party of Delhi.

He congratulated Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken and his team for winning four seats in the municipal polls.

“Of the 13 municipal wards, AAP lost in eight, thus reflecting the popular disillusionment with the Kejriwal government in Delhi within a year,” he added.