National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today proposed candidature of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh’s candidature to contest against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi for the 2017 state assembly poll. Addressing a massive gathering at Badal’s home turf Lambi, Kejriwal announced candidature of Jarnail Singh and asked the people if he would be the right candidate to take veteran Akali leader and Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal head on. The people who had turned in huge numbers immediately raised their hands in affirmative and burst into thunderous applause confirming that they all stood strongly with the proposal.Kejriwal said so far PPCC President Captain Amarinder Singh and Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal with tactical understanding have been nominating week candidates against each other, so that their opponents could pose easy wins.“However, this time we will not let Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Captain Amarinder Singh to have a walkover in the elections. That is why we are fielding our strongest candidates against Amarinder, Badal, Sukhbir and Majithia in order to give them a taste of political dust,” Kejriwal added.
National Convener of AAP while giving instances of tactical understanding between Badals and Captain Amarinder said that the candidate who was nominated by Capt Amarinder Singh against Sukhbir Badal from Jalalabad could not even saved his deposit, similarly, Capt Amarinder Singh also fielded a week candidate against Majithia in 2017 assembly polls, who could merely get 7000 votes.Both Captain Amarinder and Badal not only jointly contest election to facilitate each other’s win but also share business interests such as in sand & gravel, transport, liquor and above all backup candidates, who have been embroiled in drug trade in Punjab.Kejriwal said for instances Sarwan Singh Phillaur, senior Akali leader, who had to step down from the cabinet after his and his son’s name cropped up in drug trade, Capt Amarinder welcomed him in Congress with open arms.Kejriwal said Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Akali MLA, who was the right hand man of Bikram Singh Majithia too was welcomed by Captain Amarinder Singh in Congress fold, this clearly showed both Badal and Captain Amarinder’s families have joined hands to ruin Punjab turn by turn. Jarnail Singh while speaking on the occasion challenged Badal to have an open debate with him on superficial development; the Akali Dal has been talking about.“Thousands of farmers have committed suicide, youngsters have been dying due to drugs, transport, liquor and cable businesses have been captured by Badal family, is this the model of development, Badals were boosting off?, Jarnail quipped adding that let Badal choose venue and time for open debate of his choice.Others, who spoke on the occasion included MPs Sadhu Singh & Bhagwant Mann, Sanjay Singh, Baljinder Kaur and Kultar Singh.