The unexpected stand of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in favour of Haryana khap panchayats by terming them social bodies which solve domestic level issues, seems not be working in their favour, after khap panchayats declared to not attend Kejriwal's February-23 rally here.
Kuldeep Danda, a khap leader and convener of sarv jatiye khap panchayat said that they have neither received any invitation from AAP to attend the Kejriwal rally in Rohtak, nor they are interested to participate in it. On the reasons, he said that khaps are social bodies, who do not owe any linkages to any political parties as its members hail from different affiliations who work unitedly for common social cause.
Questioning the role of AAP, Santosh Dahiya, professor at Kurukshetra University and president of women wing of khap panchayat said that what khap has been doing for years, the fledgling party has been trying to do for the common man. She said that they do not need to get attracted towards the political party who is trying to make its impact among common man. She said: "AAP is following the footprints of khap, it is not other way round".
The denail from khaps, who enjoys clout in rural belt of state is seen as a setback to new party, especially when its national leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Yogendra Yadav had showered praise recently.
Notably, AAP has announced to hold a state level rally in Rohtak on February-23 to kick start their Lok Sabha campaign. It would be the first rally to be addressed by Arvind Kejriwal after quitting from Delhi government recently.