Chandigarh:The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to have started losing its confidence on its own leaders and supporters with the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections 2017 approaching fast. This is evident from the fact when the AAP on Wednesday issued a press release claiming that the party announced to cancel the candidature of Prof Darbari Lal, a candidate from Amritsar (central) due to his ill-health.
The press note also reads, “AAP state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said that Prof Darbari Lal was admitted in hospital since last three days and was unable to campaign in the area. Ghuggi said that the announcement of new candidate will be made shortly.”
Just after an hour later, the Congress issued a statement claiming that Darbari Lal returned to Punjab Congress after disillusionment with AAP. The Congress also released a picture of Prof Darbari Lal posing with Punjab Congress leaders including Capt Amarinder Singh, chief of Punjab Congress Committee (PCC).
After the Congress claimed that Prof Darbari Lal had re-joined his parent party, The AAP yet again released a press note clarifying that “Darbari Lal’s candidature has been cancelled after serious allegation of corruption surfaced against him. After due verification, the party has decided to cancel his candidature. New Candidature from Amritsar Central will be announced soon.”
Countering the allegations, the Congress, however, claimed that marked yet another dent in Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP. The party has been thoroughly exposed as an organisation of self-serving individuals, many of whom were caught in corruption and sex scandals, the press note stated.
Lal also told media persons, on his return to the Congress, that he only wanted to serve the state, which was why he had decided to leave the corrupt and selfish AAP, even though he had got the ticket from Arvind Kejriwal’s party to contest the assembly polls.
Charging AAP and its leadership with having a destructive mentality, which was detrimental to the interest of Punjab, Lal said the party was a rank outsider with no base in the state.