Though confident of his win, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate in Bathinda Urban, Deepak Bansal, 34, says that he will remain in politics, working for AAP, irrespective of the outcome of the assembly elections.
Spending some time with his party colleagues, after coming out of poll campaign fatigued, Bansal said, “I am confident of my win. People have voted for us in overwhelming numbers.”
Bansal claimed that the Dera Sacha Sauda’s clarion call for support to the SAD-BJP combine had no impact on the AAP’s vote bank.
“AAP’s supporters remained committed to the party and people at large had already made up their mind to topple the Badal regime,” he said, adding that,“I will work full-time of the party,” he said, when asked about his plans after elections.
Terming his candidature in the assembly polls as a turning point in his life, Bansal said that he feels proud of the fact that the party is fielding him from this high-profile constituency.
“I was a little-known person before I jumped into the fray, became being the party’s face here,” he added.
He further added that he hadn’t thought of going so far in politics.
“Once I was picked as the party candidate, I knew that I will be pitched against Sarup Chand Singla of SAD and Manpreet Singh Badal of Congress,” he said. He had quit his job of research analyst with a US-based firm, after being appointed as AAP coordinator for Bathinda parliament zone, last year.
Satisfied with his election campaign, Bansal said that the party campaigned with whatever little resources it had. He said that the committed party volunteers are the core strength of Aam Aadmi Party.
“Before I was announced as the party candidate, I had already spent whatever savings I had, for the party. For poll campaigning, we withdrew money twice from my father’s provident fund. People and the party supporters also extended financial help. Though, it wasn’t in big amounts, but the small contributions helped a lot,” he said.
For Bansal, AAP has changed the dimensions of Punjab politics, “as people have now begun questioning the politicians. The biggest credit of the party is that it gave hope to people that the system can be changed.”