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Punjab: Aam Aadmi Party not to contest Dhuri byelection

With the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) national leadership facing 'internal battles', the party has decided not to contest the April 11 Dhuri byelection, party members of Parliament (MPs) Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur and Sadhu Singh from Faridkot said on Sunday.

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2015 20:39 IST
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With the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) national leadership facing 'internal battles', the party has decided not to contest the April 11 Dhuri byelection, party members of Parliament (MPs) Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur and Sadhu Singh from Faridkot said on Sunday.

"The party does not have the organisational structure at the moment to contest the election. We first need to lay our foundation across the state," Mann said at a rally on Sunday.

The party had previously announced that it would contest the poll. The MPs claimed the bypoll would be another financial burden on the people of the state and should have been avoided.

"The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) forced byelections in Moga and Talwandi Sabo by making sitting Congress MLAs quit their party. The practice of forcing byelections merely to achieve petty targets should be done away with," the MLAs claimed.

The Dhuri assembly seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Arvind Khanna resigned. During the parliamentary elections, AAP candidate Bhagwant Mann had secured a lead of 32,000 votes from Dhuri.

Sources revealed that AAP workers from the state had sent their opinions to AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal that the party should contest the byelection. However, a decision on the candidate could not be finalised.

Addressing a party meeting at Badhni Kalan, 20 km from here on Sunday, Mann said that the people of Punjab would punish the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.

"We are preparing for the assembly elections and I assure you that AAP will form government in Punjab in 2017," Mann said, adding that the AAP was a party of the common man and not of leaders.

Mann said, "Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's family has made its career via politics, but the career of youth, farmers, labourers, small traders, students and poor sections of Punjab has been lost due to lack of good policies. Politics is not a career, but a mission for me."

He alleged that SAD and BJP were dishonest parties. "Leaders of these parties are responsible for looting Punjab and defaming Punjabi culture."

"The party does not have the organisational structure at the moment to contest the election. We first need to lay our foundation across the state", Bhagwant Mann, AAP Sangrur MP.

Why the election

The Dhuri assembly seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Arvind Khanna resigned. During the parliamentary elections, AAP candidate Bhagwant Mann had secured a lead of 32,000 votes from Dhuri.