Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and in charge Punjab political affairs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Manish Sisodia, will sound the poll bugle in Punjab on April 15 from Sangrur Parliamentary constituency. This was disclosed by Punjab unit campaign committee chairman Aman Arora on Thursday while addressing media persons.
Arora said that the party had cut out a road map for the upcoming Lok Sabha election-2019. Sisodia will also address a meeting of party workers/volunteers on the occasion.
Arora also announced the formation of a 5-member campaign committee (Punjab unit), which included Harchand Singh Barsat, Navdeep Singh Sangha, Neel Garg, Sukhraj Singh Gora Ferozeshah and Avtar Singh Eilwal.
Arora informed that he, in his capacity as Punjab unit campaign committee chief, would address meeting at Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar (April 16), Sri Anandpur Sahib and Patiala (April 17), Fatehgarh Sahib (April 18), Gurdaspur and Amritsar (April 19), Faridkot and Ferozepur (April 21).
In reply to a question on Punjab unit chief Bhagwant Mann’s letter addressed to the people of the state, especially his saying no to alcohol, Arora clarified that Mann had to take this decision in the interest of the public and silence his detractors in the Congress and Akali Dal who had been hell-bent on maligning his public image by mounting a relentless vilification campaign against me.
He said that instead of resorting to target their adversary to earn cheap publicity, they should have focused on people-centric issues. He said that instead of talking on such non-issues, the core issues today are agrarian crisis, suicides by farmers and farmhands, un-employment, drugs, education, health services, mafia ‘raj’ etc.
On the question of forging alliance with political parties, Arora said that core committee of the party (Punjab unit) had already conveyed its view to the high command against any poll pact with any party in the state. Arora made it clear that poll alliance with the Congress Party in Delhi had been a distant possibility.
Replying to another question, the AAP leader said that compared to other leaders of the conventional parties ruling the roost for the past more than 70 years, Bhagwant Mann had emerged as a prominent and trusted leader among the people of the state.
He said Mann was the only elected representative from the state who had taken up a maximum number of people-centric issues and concerns in the Parliament during his 5-year-old stint.
Others who were present on the occasion included Kultar Singh (MLA), Harchand Singh Barsat, state secretary Navdeep Singh Sangha, Neel Garg, Youth wing president Manjinder Singh Sidhu, Parbhjot Kaur and state media in charge Manjit Singh Sidhu.