Soon after former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, Akali MLA Pargat Singh and independent legislators from Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains announced a fourth political front named ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’ to contest Punjab Assembly elections of 2017, Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab state in-charge Sanjay Singh on Saturday gave them an offer to join AAP. In an interview with a Punjabi channel, Sanjay Singh said that his party’s main fight is with corruption led SAD government instead of other parties. “We are here for the protection of rights of innocent Punjabis who have been eyeing a corruption free government to rule the state. All options are open for Sidhu, Pargat and Bains to fight against Badals”, he said.
Upon asking over the on-going issue of Punjabis verses non-Punjabis within the AAP, he said, it is not like that but the main fight is with corruption. “The present government has ruined the hopes of common man with its misdeeds. Presently, the state is witnessing corruption everywhere like cable mafia, drug mafia, police mafia”, he alleged.The leaders announced the new front ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’ online on Friday and later confirmed the development. The leaders said new front will fight against Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party. AAP’s beleaguered former convener Sucha Singh Chottepur is also believed to have extended his support to new political front.
Fourth front will benefit Akalis: Khalsa
In a press conference held at Chandigarh on Saturday, AAP’s national spokesperson Jernail Singh Khalsa when questioned about the possible formation of Fourth Front led by Navjot Sidhu, said that people, who were fed up with the Badals’ regime had already made up their mind to support AAP as an only political alternative and under these circumstances whosoever make the fourth front would ultimately aim to support Badals and their loot, which people of Punjab also understand.
AAP doesn’t see Punjabis vs non-Punjabis issue
Replying to a query regarding an attempt to rake up the issue of “Punjabis vs non-Punjabis” by opposition parties, Jarnail Singh termed it as a “baseless issue” and said party’s national leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak were working round the clock to strengthen the party, which caused ‘unrest’ in opposition parties. “Are Prashant Kishore, Asha Kumari, Harish Choudhary, Shakeel Ahmed and even Rahul Gandhi Punjabis?” he quipped.
Akalis get frustrated
Terming the Malout clash as an attack on the AAP workers by SAD’s goons, Khalsa claimed that with the growing support of AAP in masses, opposition parties got frustrated and adopted such tactics to create fear among AAP workers, who are courageous enough to give befitting reply to such tactics.
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