Is Aam Aadmi Party in defensive mode ahead of assembly elections in Punjab?

New Delhi: To prevent further poaching of MLAs and erosion of their leadership, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab is in a defensive mode to thwart any political defection of its MLAs in the opposition camp ahead of the 2022 ballot battle. is visible.

The quitting of AAP’s Bathinda (Rural) MLA Rupinder Kaur Ruby on November 10 had raised alarm bells in the party’s central command, which decided to take immediate measures to mislead its MLAs by rival political parties.

The release of its first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections, just a day after Ruby’s resignation, is seen as an obvious measure by the party, among various other invisible measures, including keeping an eye on its flock.

The AAP, in particular, emerged as the second largest party in Punjab by winning 20 out of 117 seats during the 2017 assembly elections, but the party’s image has been dented by the dropping of its MLAs in succession.

In June 2021, three party MLAs Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Jagdev Singh Kamlu and Piermal Singh Khalsa, who were elected from the Bholath, Maur and Bhadur assembly constituencies, resigned and joined the Congress.

Read also | Political turmoil in Punjab over upcoming assembly elections

Earlier, AAP MLA from Mansa Nazar Singh Manshahi had also resigned from the party and joined the Congress.

In the past, the party’s Ropar MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa had also resigned on May 4, 2019, but returned to the party again in November 2019 after a brief stint in the Congress.

Dakha MLA HS Phoolka also resigned in January 2019 and party MLA from Kharar Kanwar Sandhu is also inactive.

Other big names who have left AAP for one reason or the other include Harinder Singh Khalsa, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi.

No doubt political poaching is a common practice, but it also hurts the party’s chances of victory as every MLA who resigns has local influence. It is seen that defection is on the rise in AAP as all the political parties are leaving no chance to lay their hands on the levers of power in the electoral state.

Surprisingly, AAP’s potential candidates shy away from meeting the media – they may have been mentored by their superiors as even a slight slip of the tongue can be dear to the party.

Meanwhile, reacting to the defection of the MLAs, AAP spokesperson Gurbhej Singh has said that those who had left the party knew that they would not be given party tickets as they did not go in public during their tenure.

“They are looking for other platforms to secure their political future, but they did not get public support or votes because in the past they won elections on the prestige of AAP and its supremo Arvind Kejriwal,” Singh said.

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