Having extended unconditional support to the Aam Adami Party, Punjab Lokhit Abhiyan chief Jagmeet Singh Brar is ready even to fight the assembly polls on the AAP symbol.
“I am prepared to contest, if the party ask me,” the leader who was expelled from the Congress in April said here on Monday. Brar said the “conservative politics” of the Akalis and the Congress had stalled the state’s progress. “I will influence people against these rivals,” he told the media at a private hospital.
He showered praises on Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, saying: “He can be an alternative Prime Minister to Narendra Modi. His coming to power will establish Ram Rajya (ideal rule). He is a saviour of democracy, not an anarchist as the rivals call him.”
On the AAP’s prospects in Punjab, Brar said the party needed to strengthen its reach. About his plan to forge a “grand alliance” of like-minded parties, he said it was a “cluttered idea” at present.
He took on even cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Kaur Sidhu and his wife, Dr Navjot Kaur. “Sidhu’s wife is still a BJP legislator. The Sidhu have no clarity of mind,” he said. After differences with the BJP leadership over continuing alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, Sidhu had formed his own forum, Aawaaz-e-Punjab, with an eye on the state elections.
Brar also accused the Akalis and the Congress of “playing politics” over the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal water-sharing dispute between Punjab and Haryana. “Punjab has no surplus water for any other state,” he said. “The riparian principle should be followed in water-sharing.”
He called for a new agricultural policy for the state and claimed to have “ample evidence of the illegal foreign assets of state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh”.