The Punjab AAP, including chief minister Bhagwant Mann and a sizable chunk of his cabinet are campaigning hard for the party in Gujarat.
By Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu: The Gujarat Assembly election is a high-stake battle for the Aam Aadmi Party and the party is not leaving any stone unturned when it comes to campaigning in the poll-bound state.
The Punjab AAP has been holding massive campaigns in Gujarat with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann at the reins and a sizable chunk of his cabinet following suit. The concoction has produced a unique flavour of Punjabi tadka in the Gujarat polls.
The AAP hopes to repeat the success in the Punjab Assembly election where it won 92 out of the total 117 seats. With its entry in the polls, the AAP has shaken up the usual battle between the BJP and Congress.
The AAP led by Bhagwant Mann has been holding roadshows, door-to-door campaigns with several appealing poll-promises being made.
However, Mann is not alone in his efforts and several of the elected MLAs in his cabinet have spread out across Punjab to lend support to the party’s campaign in Gujarat.
The party has gone all out to woo the voters, including playing Punjabi Bhangra numbers.
Punjab MLA Kuljit Randhawa, who spends five days a week in Gujarat told India Today, “We will repeat the history of Punjab in Gujarat. Our chief minister is here and the entire cabinet and government is here.”
However, the party’s interest in the Gujarat polls has raised criticism from the Opposition in Punjab. Both the Congress and the Akali Dal have slammed Bhagwant Mann and his government, calling him an “absentee chief minister”.
Pratap Singh Bajwa, the Leader of Opposition in Punjab and congress leader said, “For the past two months Bhagwant Mann and his entire cabinet and MLAs are in Gujarat. They are missing from the state.”
He said the AAP is with the BJP to “help the BJP” and appealed to voters in Gujarat not to lend support to AAP.
Daljit Cheema, SAD Leader also slammed Mann and said, “The chief minister of Punjab is on vacation in Gujarat. No minister is sitting in office. There are no officers available. This is the situation in Punjab.”