Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Thursday demanded the expulsion of suspended leaders Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa from the party.
Mann was talking to the media after a party rally here. In a bid to corner Patiala MP Gandhi, AAP organised the rally here, where its leaders reiterated that the party would put the leaders of the ruling party whose names had figured in drug cases in jail.
Party leaders, including Sanjay Singh, Mann, party's state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh addressed the rally, where without naming Gandhi, they said that AAP would not tolerate indiscipline.
On the sidelines of the rally, Mann and Sanjay Singh defended the suspension of the two MPs. He said the Political Affairs Committee of the party had taken the decision after thorough deliberations and they supported it.
Mann and Sanjay Singh said Gandhi and Khalsa had organised a parallel rally at Baba Bakala, which showed that they were indulging in anti-party activities and spoiling its chances in the 2017 assembly polls.
"Earlier, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan had tried to damage the party and now these two are committing the same mistake. AAP is above individuals and this huge gathering clearly shows that people are with it. If tomorrow I do any such thing, even I should be removed," said the Sangrur MP, who was made the AAP leader in Parliament by removing Gandhi.
While addressing the rally, the leaders focused on the drug issue, corruption, Badal family's business interests, besides unemployment to strike a chord with the youth who were present in large numbers. They appealed to the people to throw the SAD-BJP government by branding it corrupt and a single family-oriented government.
Sanjay Singh said, "After the names of the Akali leaders in the Bhola drug scam, now the name of the state BJP president has figured in a narcotics case. It shows that the SAD-BJP are not only partners in government but also in illicit trade of heroin and smack, which has ruined Punjab. Let me announce that in 2017, AAP will sweep the polls and put all such leaders in jail."
He said the SAD-BJP government is a "kharcha (spending) and parcha (case) government. "The common man has to pay them money to live a tension-free life or they falsely implicate them in one case or the other."
Mann took a jibe at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal saying he had failed to make Punjab a California but had made it bankrupt instead.