Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Hardip Singh Kingra has said he might join the Awaaz-e-Punjab, a political front launched by Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pargat Singh and the Bains brothers recently.
He had resigned from the AAP when his name didn’t figure in the party’s first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections.
He said Punjab needed a government run by and for Punjabis and a leader who was serious about safeguarding state’s interests.
Kingra said he was offered two party tickets — one for himself and another for a supporter — for Rs 4.5 crore.
He said during a meeting in Amritsar, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal told them to politicise the SYL issue. “When I told him that I have made a report on the issue and suggested a solution, Kejriwal said it was not an UPSC exam. He said the issue needed to be raked up for political gains,” Kingra said. He said the meeting had taken place when Kejriwal had visited the Golden Temple seeking atonement for the manifesto gaffe.
Kingra said Kejriwal was anti-Dalit as he was never interested in forming an SC cell of the party and agreed to have one in place only when told that 38% [Note: correct figure is 32%] population in Punjab comprised lower castes.
He said Durgesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh were responsible for the downslide in AAP’s popularity and the turmoil.