“Third time in a row after Dhuri by-election, AAP has denied an opportunity to people of Punjab to evaluate their claim of offering alternate politics”
Exits at crucial junctures reduces AAP to a run-away party
The by-election in Khadoor Sahib, the area, which was once the hotbed of militancy and is highly sensitive to issues relating to Sikhism, is very crucial, as it is touted as semi-final ahead of Assembly elections due early next year in Punjab.
Brimming over with confidence after the Lok Sabha election, AAP decided to contest the assembly bi-election in Punjab, which was held merely three months after the general election. Held in two constituencies — Patiala and Talwandi Sabo, AAP candidates at both the constituencies surrendered meekly to their opponents. Putting a question mark on future of AAP in Punjab, both of party’s candidates — Harjeet Singh Adaltiwala and Baljinder Kaur even lost their deposits.
Lame excuses — Hiding Escapism
AAP gave an excuse of scarcity of resources as reason for not contesting the by-poll. It’s really amusing to note that AAP whose advertising budget is even higher than that of the central Government is crying about lack of funds. It clearly reflects the escapist approach of AAP!
“No money for by-election but all set for assembly polls, even if held today”
AAP Punjab convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur even went ahead to make a statement that the party had no funds to fight by-election but prepared for assembly, even if polls were held today. What a joke — they have no money to contest one constituency but have all the resources to fight entire 117 constituencies of Punjab. A typical AAP trait — never think before saying anything!
“While AAP is confident of winning at least 100 seats in assembly election with 55% vote share on other side scared of fighting by-poll”
Infighting ahead of assembly polls
Infighting within AAP has surfaced way ahead of assembly polls. There are two AAP rebels, Bhai Baldeep and Sumail Singh Sidhu, who are contesting the by-poll as independents. It is important to note here that Swaraj Abhiyan, the organisation led by former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, is backing Bhai Baldeep.
The infighting within the party had reached its lowest point when Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, the founding members and backbone of Aam Adami Party were expelled from the party. They were the guiding light of the party and were expelled for what was termed as indulging in gross indiscipline and anti-party activities.
Sumail singh Sidhu issued a statement lamenting AAP’s decision of skipping by-election. According to him, this was an opportunity to go in for alternative politics but yet again Aam Adami Party had betrayed people’ sentiment and let them down.
AAP is all hype with no substance. By once again giving a proof of its escapist psyche, it has made it evident that the bubble is about to burst and AAP will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions.