Seeking party ticket to contest elections may be a democratic right in other political parties, but if someone does so in the Aam Adami Party (AAP), he can fetch for himself the tag of being greedy and selfish.
Finding nothing wrong in the candidate- selection criteria of AAP, party convener Arvind Kejriwal strongly snubbed bypoll ticket-seekers at Talwandi Sabo on Friday.
"Those who are seeking party ticket are either selfish or greedy. There is no place in the party for those, who are running after the party ticket. Join AAP only if you want to become Bhagat Singh," said Kejriwal, while addressing a small gathering outside Takht Damdama Sahib.
He was upset over the open protest by party worker Mukhtyar Vaid and others on the very strong rumour that Punjabi singer Balkar Sidhu may get the party ticket for Talwandi Sabo bypoll. Balkar Sidhu, became active in the AAP after the party won 4 seats in parliamentary elections. He also escorted Kejriwal from Kotshmir village to Takht Damdama Sahib on Friday.
"Those who insult our daughters in their songs and promote drugs are frontrunners for party tickets in AAP," said 60-year-old Vaid. He also reminded the gathering about the alleged objectionable songs of Sidhu recorded in the past. However, Kejriwal took no notice of Vaid's objections.
When the HT asked Kejriwal why only comedians and singers have become favourites for party ticket, he replied, "Are they not humans?" Earlier, Punjabi singer Jassi Jasraj unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary election from Bathinda.
Asked if he felt that there was some possibility of improvement in the party's procedure to select the candidates to make it more democratic, Kejriwal said, "There is nothing wrong with the procedure."
It was the first visit of Kejriwal to Malwa. He paid obeisance at the Takht Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo. He was also presented a siropa (rob of honour) at the Takht.
Talking to mediapersons, he attacked the Punjab government over alleged corruption in its functioning and some ministers allegedly involved in the drug trade.
BHAGWANT MANN MISBEHAVES WITH SCRIBES
Known for creating drama, Bhagwant Mann misbehaved with journalists as they attempted to pose some queries to Kejriwal. Maan himself recorded his statement for a TV channel within the premises of the Takht Damdama Sahib, but, when Kejriwal was asked for his comments, Mann tried to push journalists by giving the logic that any statement by Kejriwal would be a violation of the election code of conduct.