Aam Aadmi Party is leaving no stone unturned to win the Punjab elections. After sacking Sucha Singh Chhotepur as its convener in Punjab, AAP staged a massive show of strength in Jalalabad, the constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. This was done to demonstrate that the party’s internal wars had not affected its capacity to bring in crowds. According to an Indian Express report, estimated 25,000 people gathered in Jalalabad’s Dana Mandi Sunday to listen to Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, the main speaker.
The actor-turned-politician used the occasion to challenge Sukhbir once again to a head-to-head electoral contest, underlining that he is now the party’s main Sikh face in Punjab. Mann, who focused more on the Badals, said the “huge gathering” was a proof of the sentiments of masses towards the AAP. He said, “We are going to win all the 117 seats and the rival parties, SAD-BJP and Congress, should be ready to get their security deposits forfeited. Today’s gathering must be making them sleepless.” “Our party was formed to weed out corruption and we stand by it. Once a sting operation against former state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur showed him accepting money in lieu of party tickets, the party took no time to suspend him.
We have zero tolerance to corruption and no one will be spared if found guilty for corruption,” he said. The main issues for AAP in this poll, he said, were “corruption, unemployment and drugs”. For Mann, it was also a personal vindication of sorts, after a attack on him by Chhotepur. He recently called Mann a druggie. “He says something at night and forgets it the next morning”, Chotepur said.