Mansa: Calling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “a nexus of Biharis”, president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) from Malwa zone Kanwarjit Singh ‘Rozy’ Barkandi said it was out to “rob Punjab of its riches”. He was in Mansa on Saturday to address a gathering of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) youth wing workers.
“Who will trust a party whose members like Bhagwant Mann and Sucha Singh Chhotepur have divergent views over ticket distribution?” he said. “One of its members Durgesh Pathak has said that the wisdom of Sikhs lies in their turban and beard. This sort of derogatory comment will never earn them the support of youth. It is a nexus of Biharis who will loot the state.”
When asked about fielding candidates from the youth brigade in Mansa district, Barkandi said workers of the party never had such demands and he
added that the party would be fielding Dilraj Bhunder, son of Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder, from Sardulgarh.
His comments come at a time when the AAP and Congress have spoken about giving healthy representation to young candidates.
Meanwhile, Dilraj Bhunder, SAD in-charge for Sardulgarh assembly constituency, asked the workers to “effectively counter the label of “drug addicts”. He said, “Many times, in our casual conversation, we label a village ‘full of drug addicts’. We should counter such narrative as it is going to have a socio-political impact on young minds.”
The meeting was held to invite party workers to Chandigarh next week to plan rallies led by YAD patron and state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
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