THE AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) is approaching the 2022 Assembly polls in Punjab with a multi-pronged technique which incorporates choosing candidates after diligent vetting of their reputation, inserting the occasion as a votary of communal concord, and benefiting from its expertise because the principal opposition occasion in Vidhan Sabha.
It is subsequently no shock that the nationwide convenor of AAP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Amritsar Monday, only a few months after his final go to in March. His announcement that Punjab can have a “Sikh CM” is critical because it undoes the notion which prevailed within the 2017 Assembly polls that both he or another chief from Delhi would be the occasion’s chief ministerial candidate in Punjab.
It can also be important that Kejriwal avoided criticising miffed Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu in his remarks Monday. Within AAP, there may be appreciable curiosity within the method by which the Sidhu-Amarinder saga is unfolding in Punjab Congress and what it’s fallout will probably be.
AAP has scored a major political objective within the run-up to Assembly polls by inducting former IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh within the occasion within the presence of Kejriwal.
Singh was one of many members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrange to probe the police firing instances that adopted the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy e book of the Sikhs, in 2015, when the SAD-BJP alliance was in energy. A vocal critic of the Badal household for their alleged position within the occasions of 2015, he’s anticipated to present important ammunition to AAP to tackle the SAD, BJP and Congress, particularly for the reason that situation of desecration is a scorching political subject within the state.
Given the risky political scenario within the state with farmers’ protests towards Centre’s agriculture legal guidelines in full circulation and the digital revolt towards Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Congress led by Navjot Singh Sidhu, it isn’t a shock that the co-incharge of AAP in Punjab and Delhi MLA, Raghav Chadha, has made the state his residence for over every week now and plans to keep put and lead the organisational efforts for 2022 polls.
“In 2017, AAP was starting its journey in Punjab. We are wiser, extra mature, now we perceive a lot better the soiled politics and the politics of collusion that each the Akalis and the Congress play,” stated Chadha.
The AAP chief additional stated that in contrast to 2017, the occasion is doing “deep evaluation” on every and really potential candidate for the 117 Assembly seats to guarantee it chooses solely profitable names. “We are going by each title with a fantastic tooth comb. The precise means of choice will begin later however the preliminary vetting is already on. We are going to guarantee we make our MLAs sit on the treasury benches within the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 2022,” stated a pacesetter concerned within the course of.
After having seen disintegration of the occasion cadre quickly after the 2017 Assembly polls due to infighting and outright insurrection, AAP has additionally been striving to put down a robust organisational construction on floor. “A really robust occasion construction has been arrange previously few months and it isn’t restricted to state, district and halka in-charges. I can decide up any village and say that I’ve a sturdy organisation there with 100 members, 80 lively employees and so on. From an organisational standpoint we at the moment are at a place to outdo and outmatch any political occasion in Punjab,” stated Chadha.
A key focus space for AAP this time round is to cement its picture because the prime promoters of communal concord within the state. In 2017, the occasion had acquired a picture of hobnobbing with radical Sikh components and this had reportedly had a unfavourable impact on the Hindu voters in addition to reasonable Sikhs.
The occasion has been making inroads into the dissatisfied BJP management within the state and Arvind Kejriwal has publicly met firebrand former BJP minister from Amritsar, Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, in his March go to. On Monday too, he was seen touching her toes and in search of her blessings.
“As anyone who has been a founding member of the occasion and an integral a part of it from prior to when it was shaped, I can inform you that AAP stands for prosperity, peace and concord. It will ceaselessly be our endeavour to promoted brotherhood, peace and communal concord within the nation and Punjab,” Chadha stated. Sources inside AAP, nevertheless, say that the occasion is actively wanting for extra Hindu leaders to induct and this consists of some “low hanging fruits” from the ruling Congress.
The ongoing farmers’ protest is one other area from the place AAP expects to make important positive aspects. With the Akalis on the backfoot in Punjab due to their preliminary help to the three payments and Congress being in disarray due to infighting, AAP has been projecting itself as the actual supporters of the farmers’ trigger.
“I don’t have a look at farmers agitation from a political prism. This is a clear agitation away from politics. But as a result of the decision-makers are members of political events, politics does creep in. The approach I have a look at it’s that each one three events — BJP, Akalis and Congress — stand totally discredited within the eyes of the Indian farmer. The solely occasion which has supported farmers is AAP, whether or not by protests on the streets, tearing of payments in Assembly by Arvind Kejriwal or by disruption of the session of Rajya Sabha when the invoice was being handed undermining parliamentary practices. We have additionally helped farmers in no matter approach we may on the Delhi borders with langar, water and so on as ‘nishkaam sewa’,” stated Chadha.