Amid rumours of him seeking to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress leader Jagmeet Brar on Saturday had to come out with a clarification of sorts about AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s presence at Brar’s family function.
Brar posted, “Arvind Kejriwal Jee CM Delhi, at a marriage reception of my close relatives. Exchanging pleasantries. There was no meeting as reported in a section of press/ media. Prominent Leaders of many political parties were present. Please don’t draw conclusions without ascertaining facts. I know all these leaders personally for the last so many years. I have my very personal equation with Mamta Jee and Nitish Kumar Jee also. This looks to be a planted story please (sic).”
It must, however, be noted that the other two leaders he mentions — West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar — have both got public support from Kejriwal, and vice versa.
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Brar, who was suspended from the Congress and then the suspension revoked last year after he reportedly criticised party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-chief Rahul Gandhi, had also praised the AAP after its at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar last month. “I have neither any intention nor any invitation to join the AAP,” he had said then, “but in my 30-year political career, I have not seen such a big crowd at any leader’s rally”. Even then, he had mentioned that all AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, knew him well. “I was the youngest to go to jail in the days of Emergency. Politicians with feudal mindset have always tried to defeat me,” he had said, apparently trying to fit into the AAP scheme of things.
He had also lashed out at deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for his asking people to reject the “topi-walas” (AAP). “All freedom fighters, including Bhagat Singh, used to wear topi (cap). By speaking against topi, you criticise our patriots who laid down their lives for the country,” Brar had said.
It must also be noted that, a fortnight ago, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh had told a newspaper that Brar’s criticism did not bother him as he was “unsure of his loyalties” and was “giving an impression that he would join the AAP”.
At the function that gave wind to the reports about Brar’s probable AAP move, among those seen are Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, and recent Congress-to-AAP convert Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
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