For the first time, two MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday accepted that the bomb blasts in Maur six days before the February 4 assembly polls in Punjab spoiled party’s election fortunes.
“A pro-AAP wave turned into an anti-wave after the blasts,” said Maur MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu, whose views were seconded by party’s Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema. Blaming Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the blasts, the MLAs alleged that a probe into the matter was heading nowhere. They demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation to expose the perpetrators.
Cheema and Kamalu said people were apprehensive that the AAP may not be able to handle the situation in case trouble-makers start sticking their neck out, so the people voted for the Congress. “However, people’s worry was without a basis,” said Cheema.
On AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s alleged proximity to the radical elements and former terrorists, the MLAs refused to comment. HTC