The Punjabi expatriates in Canada are disillusioned with the state's Akali-BJP alliance, says the brother of senior Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who has come all the way to Punjab to campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia has commenced his canvassing in Ludhiana for Harvinder Singh Phoolka, whom he considers "honest and hardworking, with all the qualifications we need in our politicians".
Asked why he wasn't supporting the SAD, where his brother was leader, Iqbal Singh that his brother had "sided with a gang of thieves". An academician and a writer settled in Canada for 40 years, he is also a cancer patient who plans to canvass across Punjab for the party led by Arvind Kejriwal.
Radio is a powerful medium in Canada and it broadcasts regular talk shows about the political scene in Punjab. "The listeners have been venting ire against the state's ruling alliance," said Iqbal Singh, adding: "In their views, this regime has done little to free their land and property. In most cases, politicians and police side with the grabbers."
The NRIs are campaigning in Canada as well to motivate people to form an opinion in favour of the AAP. Iqbal Singh also accuses the SAD-BJP of failing to check drug addiction in the state.