Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Dharamvira Gandhi has seconded the cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s statement that Arvind Kejriwal-led party is working like the East India Company.
Gandhi said that the way Kejriwal is sidelining the local leadership of different states, it won’t be wrong to compare him with East India Company.
“In the light of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s perspective towards Punjab and other states, and the way political rights of the states are being violated, I don’t think it’s wrong to compare his functioning with that of the East India Company,” Dharamvira Gandhi said.
Gandhi pointed out that he has been raising voice against the functioning of Arvind Kejriwal for more than a year because he has completely sidelined the local leadership in Punjab.
“By bringing 50 people in Punjab, they are trying to run the states’ politics from Delhi. Besides, they have destroyed the honour of Punjab and sidelined the local leadership by defaming them to establish their control over the state’s politics to run the affairs from Delhi. I have been against this design for more than one and a half years. My colleagues and I have been saying this time and again, and now Sidhu is also saying that. I entirely agree with Sidhu sahab,” he said.
Punjab belongs to the Punjabis who will run the affairs of the state. People from outside can help us and share their knowledge with us, but I condemn them for working to establish their control over Punjab,” he added.
When asked to disclose if he is planning to join the newly formed front “Awaaz-e-Punjab” of Arvind Kejriwal, Gandhi avoided a direct reply and said that he will first examine the new front’s perspective on solving the problems of Punjab.
“If any party or a person, who talks about the wellbeing of Punjab, we welcome them. We will have to see what is their perspective of the state and how will they solve the state’s problem. If that party is addressing the problems of Punjab correctly, we will definitely seek help from them and also extend our help to them,” Gandhi said.