AAP may field farmer leaders in Haryana

The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders are likely to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha and assembly elections on the poll symbol of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

punjab Updated: Jan 01, 2014 23:41 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times

The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders are likely to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha and assembly elections on the poll symbol of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Sources in AAP told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that a public announcement in this regard may be made next week.

It is pertinent to mention here that the BKU had already announced to field its candidate from Kurukshetra and in all likelihood state president of BKU, Gurnam Singh Chaduni can be the AAP's nominee at his home turf.

Chaduni is also a member of AAP's national executive council. Kurukshetra is represented by industrialist-turned-politician and Congress MP Naveen Jindal, who is embroiled in the alleged scam of coal mine block allotment.

On December 10, HT was first to report that the BKU was keen to support AAP in the forthcoming elections.

Sources said other BKU leaders may also join the political front to contest polls from the rural segments. Chaduni was among the first leaders from Haryana who had supported the AAP national convener, Arvind Kejriwal, now the chief minister Delhi.

In February last year, Kejriwal had chaired an impressive BKU's rally at Pipli near here, where he had a taken a dig at Haryana politicians, including Kurukshetra MP Naveen Jindal, for allegedly taking favours from the Centre for his personal business.

Kejriwal's sharing dais with the BKU leaders was widely appreciated by farmers.

Kejriwal had expressed full sympathy with the farming community and supported the issues raised by the BKU, such as malnourishment among the poor families and non-implementation of the Swaminathan report on agriculture reforms.

A district-level meeting of AAP was convened on Wednesday, which was chaired by the party's state secretary Paramjit Singh. Chaduni was also present on the occasion.

Though Chaduni confirmed that the BKU leaders were unanimous in supporting AAP in the next elections in Haryana he declined to give names of those who could be candidates.

"Implementation of the Swaminathan report on agriculture reforms is among the key issues for the farming community. We have pledged to take the political ideology of AAP to villages and ensure its victory in
the state," said Chaduni.

Meanwhile, political analysts said in the past BKU had played a crucial role in modifying electoral mood in the farming belts.

"Following the formation of its government in Delhi, AAP's presence is being realised in urban Haryana. If both outfits contest the polls together, it may affect Haryana's polity by changing the mood in the rural segments also," said a political observer.

First Published: Jan 01, 2014 23:39 IST