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No effect of Sampla as BJP chief, says AAP

punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2016 10:47 IST

AAP MLA Jarnail Singh(HT File Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party on Friday took a jibe at the appointment of union minister Vijay Sampla as the chief of BJP’s Punjab unit ahead of state assembly polls and claimed it would not prevent the saffron party’s defeat at the hustings.

“Whatever BJP does, it’s going to have no effect on us. The SAD-BJP alliance will lose in the state badly. Any attempt by them to appoint anyone will have no effect,” AAP MLA Jarnail Singh, a prominent Sikh face in Delhi, said.

Sampla, BJP’s Dalit face from Punjab, was on Friday appointed as party’s state unit chief. BJP has banked on 55-year-old Sampla, who comes from a humble background and has risen in the party over the years to consolidate Dalit voters in the state, which goes to the polls early next year and where the community constitutes over 32 per cent of voters.

Read: The ‘who, why, what next’ on new Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla

AAP is aspiring to win power in Punjab as it is battling ruling SAD-BJP combine and Congress.

Speaking on the Satluj-Yamuna-Link, Singh said Punjab has been “neglected” and does not get its due share of water.

“It is because of the government at the Centre and the state why Punjab is suffering. Punjab should get its due share of water,” Singh added.

Last month, Punjab assembly had unanimously passed a resolution against the SYL canal’s construction, saying the state will not allow it “at any cost” while Haryana decided to move the Supreme Court against its neighbour’s “violation” of its order of status quo.

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