Jalandhar: Raising revolt against the prevailing chaos, rebel Aam Admi Party (AAP) volunteers from across the state on Saturday announced that they will join hands with leaders from splinter AAP groups and will contest as independent candidates in the upcoming Assembly Election.
The rebel leaders said that they will explore the possibility of alliance with prominent ex-AAP leaders namely MP Dharamvira Gandhi, ex-AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chottepur and others to chalk out the next strategy.
“We have decided to conduct road march in Punjab from four corners of the poll bound state i.e. Amritsar, Talwandi Sabo, Anandpur Sahib and Patiala. The splinter AAP group leaders would inform the public about how AAP was misleading the voters while SAD-BJP and congress was hand in gloves with each other”, said Kabul Singh from Ferozepur.
Leading a convention of the rebel AAP leaders, Kabul Singh said that on the last day of the road march, the volunteers would assemble in a rally. “The rally would be organized at Ludhiana where the next course of action would be decided”, he said.
Kabul Singh not only blamed the lobby of ‘outsider’ Delhi AAP leaders camping in Punjab but also questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s silence over serious allegations of money loot in the name of allotting tickets.
“I left my reputed government job and took voluntary retirement to join AAP. Not only I forfeited three months salary over Rs 2 lakh but also served the party hard. Now, AAP is not even considering people like us. After all I left the party for obvious aspiration of contesting but there were many, who were staring at a bleak future now”, he said.
Another leader, Binder Singh Maujia from Budhlada said that he sold his five buffaloes and gave Rs 15 lakh for the promotion of AAP. “As I was not interested in contesting election, Delhi based AAP leader Durgesh Pathak assured me that he will field a candidate of my choice. He even promised to make me chairman of some board. However, later Pathak sold the ticket in Rs 60 lakh to some other candidate”, he said.
Similarly, a dalit leader also raised Rs 17 lakh for the party but later he too was asked to give Rs 80 lakh by the AAP group of ‘outsiders’. Another person raised Rs 1 crore for the party but he too was dumped by the AAP leadership.
The rebel AAP volunteers also blamed Arvind Kejriwal of blindly believing his ‘confidential’ men, who were not showing the actual ground report to him. “Let Kejriwal think that AAP was going to win 100 seats in Punjab whereas the reality was something else”, they said.
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