SAD says AAP and its State Convener Bhagwant Mann colluding with Cong
(Dr Daljit Singh Cheema says AAP has become unofficial partner in the Congress govt)
Chandigarh, June 27 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its State Convener Bhagwant Mann of betraying the interests of Punjabis by colluding with the Congress party and chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
In a statement here, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said even at a time when the State was going through a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was speaking the tune of the Congress party. “Instead of raising peoples’ issues and exposing the government, AAP has entered into an unholy alliance with the Congress party to take on the SAD collectively”. He said this was very much visible in the statements of the AAP Convener who was not interested in targeting the chief minister or the council of ministers for the various multi thousand crore scams perpetuated during Congress rule, but was obsessed with attacking SAD. “It seems Mr Bhagwant Mann has forgotten it is the Congress party and not SAD which is in power in the State”, he added.
Stating that this open collusion was not good for the State’s polity, Dr Cheema said the AAP had surrendered its position as the principle opposition party in the State. He said while AAP was working as a B team of the Congress party earlier, it had now apparently become an unofficial partner in the Congress government. He said the AAP leadership was only interested in petty issues like maintaining their clout in the government and ensuring the post of Leader of Opposition remained with them even though a number of their legislators had joined the Congress party.
Dr Cheema said this open collusion was very much visible at the recent All Party meeting in which chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh asserted that AAP was in agreement with the government viewpoint on the central Agriculture ordinances even before Bhagwant Mann gave his views on the subject. “It is a fact that instead of doing duty for the people, Mr Bhagwant Mann did duty for the Congress party”.
The SAD leader said the people would not spare AAP for betraying them. He said the SAD on its part would continue to take up the issues of the people and would press for an independent probe into the Rs 5,600 crore liquor scam, Rs 4,000 crore seed scam and the multi-crore ration scam. He said with AAP abrogating its role as the principle opposition party, the SAD-BJP alliance alone was fighting on the ground to expose the Congress party.