Stained by extreme allegation of corruption and sexual assaults, mass resignations by leaders, things have gone awry for the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab.
The delirium that greeted Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Maghi Mela when he made his first big foray into Punjab seems to fade away with time. Donning a Bhagat Singh-style basanti (yellow) Sikh turban he had promised to end corruption, drugs and all other evils that trouble Punjab. The crowd supported the party and AAP looked like a sure thing of Punjab’s political field.
But suddenly, things go haywire for AAP. A rise in highly serious allegations, ranging from the sale of party tickets to observers seeking sexual favors from prospective candidates, resigning of leading members like Gurinder Singh Bajwa.
The mass resignations of the leaders followed the AAP’s decision to sack state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur who had been instrumental in constructing the party across the state. Chhotepur, who is now being replaced by comedian Gurpreet Singh ‘Ghuggi’, was bumped off after a sting operation conducted at the command of AAP’s central leadership. The exodus is marked with a whole lot of sullied individuals.
The scandals have intensified the stewing resentment over the close control ‘outside’ leaders had over party finances and ticket distribution. With Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak debacle in the state and Chhotepur calling AAP as ‘anti-sikh’, Kejriwal declared that he would handle the Punjab campaign in person.
The Aam Aadmi Party, emerged out of the Anna movement, dashed the dreams who once voted for it. The party failed to meet the actions and now exists only in media (that too for all the wrong reasons!).