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AAP not to contest Dhuri byelection

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided not to contest the Dhuri byelection. This was disclosed, on Sunday, by AAP Members of Parliament (MPs) Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur and Sadhu Singh from Faridkot. They said, "The party has no sufficient organisational structure at the moment and the party needed to first build its base at the grassroots-level across the state. Earlier, the AAP had announced that the party would contest the byelection.

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2015 19:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Moga,Aam Aadmi Party,Dhuri

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided not to contest the Dhuri byelection.

This was disclosed, on Sunday, by AAP Members of Parliament (MPs) Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur and Sadhu Singh from Faridkot. They said, "The party has no sufficient organisational structure at the moment and the party needed to first build its base at the grassroots-level across the state. Earlier, the AAP had announced that the party would contest the byelection.

The MPs said the byelection would be another financial burden on the people of the state, which could have been avoided.

Both the MPs alleged that the SAD had earlier forced byelections in Moga and Talwandi Sabo by making sitting Congress MLAs quit their party. "The byelections were forced to score political objectives only. The practice of forcing byelections merely to achieve petty targets should be done away with," they said.

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. Therefore, party workers were very excited for contesting the byelection, but it seems that the party high command did not take their sentiments in view.

Sources revealed that AAP workers of Punjab had also sent their opinions separately to the AAP's national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal that the party should contest the byelection. But, due to internal 'fight' of the AAP's senior leaders in Delhi, the senior leadership seemed to have failed to take a decision about the name of the AAP candidate from Dhuri.

Addressing a party meeting at Badhni Kalan, 20 km from here on Sunday, Mann said that the people of Punjab would punish the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) alliance in assembly elections in 2017.

"We are preparing for the assembly elections and I assure you that the AAP will form government in Punjab in 2017. AAP was launched with an ideology and we have tried to stick to that and, hopefully, we will succeed in stirring the consciousness of the people in the coming days," Mann said, adding that the AAP is a party of the common people and not of leaders.

Mann said, "No doubt, 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. I will serve my people till my last breath."

He alleged that SAD and BJP are dishonest parties. "Leaders of these parties are responsible for looting Punjab and defaming the rich Punjabi culture world over. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal are playing a double role over the sensitive issue of the Punjabis, who were facing a lot of problems at the moment.

First Published: Mar 15, 2015 19:12 IST