A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced its third list of 29 candidates , rebellion erupted at some places in the state against the allotment of tickets. Protests have taken place in Adampur, Shahkot, Samana and Mansa.
According to sources, more than 200 volunteers met this evening at Adampur to oppose the candidature of Hans Raj Rana. Terming Rana an outsider, as he hails from Jalandhar city, the volunteers, including the other ticket aspirants Dr Ravi Kumar, former excise and taxation officer SS Dhure and retired principal Harnek Singh, formed a 11-member committee that has been asked to talk to the party high command to replace Rana as a candidate. “Rana is an outsider and is having no local links. He has been preferred over the volunteers, who had been working relentlessly for the past two years. It’s very unfortunate,” an aspirant told HT.
The credentials of Rana are already under scanner as there are reports that he helped the BJP in 2012 assembly polls, another volunteer said.
In Shahkot, the ticket to 34-year-old doctor, Amarjit Thind, did not go down well with another senior leader, Col CD Kamboj (retd), who had left the Congress last year to join the AAP. Sources close to Kamboj said he was miffed with the selection of the candidate and has conveyed his resentment to the party high command. Sources said Kamboj, who was last week announced as vice-president of the AAP, has been promised suitable post in case the party comes to power in Punjab. “But he has categorically told the party high-ups that his first desire was to serve the people by getting elected as an MLA. He is likely to take a few more days to take the final call,” said a leader close to Kamboj. Kamboj refused to comment on the issue.
At Mansa, hours after the AAP MP Bhagwant Mann held a meeting with disappointed ticket aspirants and assured that all is well within the party, another ticket contender Satpal Singla levelled charges of corruption against AAP candidate Nazar Singh Manshahia. Singla, a founding member of the party, issued a press note accusing Manshahiya of indulging in financial irregularities when he served in the Punjab Pollution Control Board and reasoned this behind his premature retirement from the department. Manshahiya denied the allegations saying Singla was telling lies.
At Samana, AAP volunteers have revolted against the ticket to Jagtar Singh Rajla. Leading the tirade is Jagjeet Singh Jajj, sarpanch of Nijamniwala village, who was in the fray for the ticket, has announced to contest the election as an Independent. Jagjeet had left the Akali Dal when the AAP was formed in Punjab and campaigned for Dr Dharamvira Gandhi in Samana. Rajla said he would approach Jagjeet and pursue him to stay in the party.
Meanwhile, over 50 volunteers of the party gathered at the Sector 16 office of the party here this morning, objecting to the allotment of tickets at some places. Party convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi reached the office and held a meeting with the protesters, assuring them to look into their objections.