Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister was in denial about AAP having no stand in Punjab. He admitted that AAP was now growing in the state.
While addressing the martyrdom day of revolutionary Karnail Singh Issru, who died during the freedom of Goa from Portuguese in Issru village in Ludhiana district. Badal said the electorate of Punjab should be careful of AAP and Congress as both were “anti Punjab, anti-Sikh and anti-farmers”.
“I urge the people of Punjab not to blindly justify the sinister moves of these parties as both these parties are inimical to the interests of the state and are constantly working against the interests of its people,” said Badal, who is also the Shiromani Akali Dal chief patron.
Punjab Assembly elections in Punjab are to going to take place in February 2017. The rise of AAP as a challenger to Akali Dal-BJP and Congress could make the elections triangular on all 117 assembly seats.
Attacking the AAP, Badal said: “In the garb of ‘Aam Aadmi’ (common man), this party is in fact a band of fugitives and opportunists who are vying to attain political power at every cost.This new party, which is now mushrooming in the state, has no sympathy with the people of Punjab. The AAP government in Delhi has taken a stand contrary to the interests of Punjab on the issue of SYL in the apex (Supreme) court.”
Akali Dal mainly its President and Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister have been opressive about AAP. Sukhbir Badal has been saying that the contest will be between the Akali Dal-BJP and Congress.
“The Congress and AAP are two sides of a coin that are suffering from same anti-Punjab syndrome. Punjabis must remain vigilant of the nefarious designs of both these parties to ruin the state. Both these parties have a proven track record of anti-Punjab and anti-Sikhism,” the Chief Minister said.
Akali Dal-BJP combine has been in power in Punjab since 2007.
The AAP won four of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in the 2014 general election. The AAP leadership is confident of securing a clear majority in the forthcoming assembly polls.