‘Fourth front’ equations: Chhotepur, Pargat Singh meet AAP rebel Dr Gandhi
Sacked AAP state convener invites suspended party MP to ‘parallel rally’ today, joining hands with Sidhu an optionpunjab Updated: Sep 09, 2016 22:43 IST
Suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party, local MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi dropped hints of joining hands with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fourth front on Friday.
To get him into the fourth front, suspended Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Jalandhar Cantonment legislator Pargat Singh had a closed-door meeting with him at his house here. “I won’t allow AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal to befool the people of Punjab,” Dr Gandhi said afterwards. Later, sacked Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur also met him.
The second MP suspended from the AAP, Harinder Singh Khalsa, was not invited to the talks, as he isn’t keen to join an outfit that doesn’t have a formal shape, though he is open to joining hands with anyone against Kerjriwal and the Akalis.
Pargat Singh drove to Patiala for the two-hour meeting with Dr Gandhi. The Patiala MP had reservations over the style of functioning of former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, but he was “open to any give-and-take with whoever agrees with my vision paper”.
“We had a good chat and resolved many issues,” said Dr Gandhi. “I gave him (Pargat) my vision document and assured him that I was open to floating a regional party to take on the Akalis, the Congress, and the AAP. Punjab needs a regional outfit, as the Shiromani Akali Dal has failed to protect the state’s interests, while the AAP is coming to loot the state. It’s now for the Awaaz-e-Punjab to respond.”
After Pargat Singh left and Chhotepur dropped in, Dr Gandhi and he discussed the plan of action against Kejriwal and the AAP’s Delhi leadership. The idea of forming a new party by joining hands with Sidhu figured in that chat. Chhotepur invited Dr Gandhi to a parallel rally to Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign in Patiala on Saturday.
Kejriwal’s rally will be in late evening, while Chhotepur will address the AAP rebel volunteers in the afternoon.
First Published: Sep 09, 2016 22:41 IST