Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel Bhai Baldeep Singh, who is contesting the Khadoor Sahib bypoll as an Independent backed by Swaraj Abhiyan, on Friday alleged that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had crossed all limits of nepotism by fielding member of Parliament (MP) Ranjit Singh Brahmpura’s son Ravinder Singh Brahmpura for the February 13 byelection.
The Gurbani exponent said, “The SAD is suffering from the ‘disease’ of nepotism and promoting negative trends in Punjab politics. The Akalis, in alliance with the BJP, have destroyed the state with anti-people policies. As a result, every section of society is up in arms against the state government.”
He added, “Extending support to a new kind of politics is the need of the hour and it should be initiated from the Khadoor Sahib segment.”
Bhai Baldeep said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced Rs 34 crore for development projects in the assembly segment during sangat darshan programmes recently, but not a single penny was allotted to schools and hospitals. “After being elected, I will ensure proper use of this fund allocation,” he said.
He said he would file nomination papers on January 27 in the presence of Swaraj Abhiyan leaders such as Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha.