In a veiled threat to rebel Aam Aadmi Party MPs Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa, party's state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Monday said "the future of leaders who break away from the mainstream is always bleak."
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a party rally in Hariana in Sham Churasi assembly constituency here, he said everyone has the right to nurture big dreams but they should not adopt "mean" methods to realise them. "History is replete with many such examples when big political guns went into oblivion when they tried to sabotage the parent party or form a new outfit. BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are among them. Arvind Kejriwal is the face of the AAP. It is his personality that is working for the party but some leaders think otherwise. They will be at loss," he said.
While addressing the rally, Chhotepur invoked Kejriwal's name to seek votes for the party in the assembly elections. He said the Delhi chief minister was a man of his words, who has fulfilled all his promises to the people. "On coming to power in Punjab, we will provide a similar responsible and transparent regime," he claimed.
Chhotepur, who has had a long association with the Akali Dal and Simranjit Singh Mann, said people of Punjab had once given a chance to the latter to run the government but he did not utilize the opportunity. "But I assure you that the AAP will not disappoint you," he told the gathering.
"People have already seen the trailer of what is the future of the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent function in Chandigarh was a big flop. Three states could not manage a decent crowd which prompted Parkash Singh Badal to apologise to the PM. It shows the popularity of the SAD and the BJP is dwindling sharply. Earlier people had no alternative, so they kept swinging between the BJP and the Congress. Now they have a good third option in AAP," he added.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann lambasted the state government in his typical satirical style and claimed that time was over for the SAD-BJP and the Congress in Punjab. "The AAP is set to repeat history in Punjab after its spectacular show in Delhi," he said. "Pride hath a fall. What happened to Chautalas in Haryana will happen to Badals who have made the state their fiefdom. People are so desperate to get rid of their corrupt rule that they are counting days," he remarked.