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Jhadu Yatra: AAP eyes ‘sweeping’ change in Punjab

With a jhadu (broom) in hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come to Punjab with the hope of sweeping at least five Lok Sabha seats.

punjab Updated: Feb 15, 2014 00:07 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

With a jhadu (broom) in hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come to Punjab with the hope of sweeping at least five Lok Sabha seats.


On Saturday, its nine-day pan-India campaign with the tagline “Jhadu Chalaao, Beimaan Bhagao (wield the broom, chase away the corrupt)” will begin in the state from Amritsar. In the five constituencies it has it eyes on, the drive will be in the hands of former director general of police Shashi Kant Singh, senior advocate HS Phoolka, and state executive members Harjot Singh Bains, Karanbir Singh, Ranjit Singh and Himanshu Pathak.

The first day will be of agitations in Amritsar, Sangrur, Abohar and Bathinda. On Sunday, the workers will assemble at Company Bagh in Jalandhar to carry on the “Jhadu Yatra”. “The party is travelling into different constituencies across India to boost the morale of its grassroots workers, who will run the show of highlighting our mission: the empowerment of common man,” AAP state executive member Himanshu Pathak said here on Friday.

The party said it stood for cleansing the political system, “getting rid of not only the corrupt but also corruption”. “The five target constituencies are where our workers have listed the sitting parliamentarians as corrupt,” Pathak added. With an unexpected good show for a new party in the Delhi assembly elections, the AAP is confident of making inroads to the hearts of more people who want an honest political alternative.

“We have more than 100 applications for the party ticket from the five seats. At no place is the candidate final yet but there are frontrunners such as HS Phoolka from Ludhiana, LR Nayyar from Jalandhar, HS Walia from Amritsar, Kundan Gogia and Dr Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala, and Dr AS Maan from Sangrur,” said a senior official of the AAP.

The party’s national executive committee will take the final call.