DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday accused dissident party MLAs Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Kanwar Sandhu of breaking the party in Punjab and misguiding the innocent volunteers in the name of Punjabiyat.
Addressing the media along with Party MLA Meet Hayer, youth wing president Manjinder Singh Sidhu and state general secretary Narinder Singh Shergill, the AAP MP said that he need
not explain his love and dedication for Punajb and Punjabiyat to Khaira and Sandhu.
Replying back to the allegations of Khaira-Sandhu, he said that he always stood by the people of Punjab but why Khaira-Sandhu’s love for Punjab rose just after the change of Leader of Opposition (LoP) by the party and government withdrawing facilities given to Khaira. He said their fight is just to grab the power and they have nothing to do with the people of Punjab.
Mann accused that Khaira has dictatorial mindset and behaving like Prime Minister Narendra Modi who tags everyone anti-national who so ever goes against his will. He said that Khaira is trying to divide the volunteers on the name of Punjabiyat but his real motive is to misguide Punjabis and NRI people.
Questioning Khaira’s silence over the issues of public interest after his removal from the post of LoP, the AAP MP asked have the mafias of all kind stopped its operations after July 26 or was it just till the time he was availing the government facilities. He asked why not he ever demanded autonomy from Sonia Gandhi while being in Congress.
He said that Khaira remained in Congress for 25 years but never uttered a single word against the party that always worked against Punjabis, demolished Sri Darbar Sahib and snatched waters of state. Mann said that Khaira-Sandhu even mocked his illness did not wait till he get discharged from hospital. He said Khaira must now be ready to face the heat from people of Bholath who elected him to raise their voice but he always focused on settling his personal scores with political opponents.
He asked are 2.75 crores people of state are traitors as Khaira said from the stage that people who did not attend Bathinda Convention are anti-Punjab. He also cautioned the MLAs and volunteers supporting Khaira and Sandhu that they are shrewd people and will cash them for their personal purposes. He announced to meet MLAs and convince them to come back to party fold.
Replying on the question of taking back his resignation as state chief, Mann said that he will talk to the party high command on the issue and work hard to strengthen the party for 2019 elections.
Rejecting Khaira-Sandhu announcement to reconstitute the organization in state, he said that the lakhs of AAP volunteers have worked hard to build the party and they have no right to demolish it. He warned that the party will take legal action in case Khiara-Sandhu continue to violate party guidelines. He asked in which capacity son of Khaira addressed the Bathinda Convention if it was a workers’s convention.
Accusing Kanwar Sandhu of looting the rights of volunteers to get ticket from Kharar Vidhan Sabha constituency, Mann asked why not he stood for the rights of volunteers at that time. He said that he would never let the opportunists grab the party for their personal purposes.
Flaying Khaira-Sandhu of being opportunists, MLA Meet Hayer claimed that Sandhu even tried hard to get the LoP seat for himself but failing in that he started leveling baseless allegations against the party. He claimed that Sandhu claimed to tackle Sukhpal Khaira in case
party appoints him LoP in Punjab Vidhan Sabha.