Chandigarh, March 22
Days after the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh claimed the Congress would have no rival in the 2022 Assembly elections, as neither the Akalis nor the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) offered any competition, the AAP’s yesterday Moga rally by national convener Arvind Keriwal has forced the party leaders take cognisance of the gathering.
Leaves party Dalit leaders worried
- On the lines of the BJP, which is targeting 35% vote bank in the state, Congress’ Dalit MLAs point out the AAP is also targeting Dalit vote bank
- They are concerned as the Congress has failed to adjust adequate Dalit leaders in political appointments and is yet to address the issue of scholarship for SC students
While the Chief Minister on Monday termed Kejriwal’s claims and allegations “shameless lies”, party MLAs point out keeping in mind anti-incumbency factor, the AAP in the name of “kisan mahasammelan” had begun its election campaign from Moga, a political nerve centre in Punjab politics.
In the light of Punjab Congress leadership dismissing the AAP as no rival, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s clarification in the shape of an advertisement to counter the results of a pre-poll survey by a private channel has surprised many leaders in the party.
However, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar said there was a leadership crisis in the AAP. “They do not believe in their leadership. How do they think people will believe them? We were hoping Keriwal would announce CM’s face at the Moga rally.”