The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said that it would not contest the elections to Punjab local bodies, since the timing coincided with the Delhi assembly polls.
It said the decision was based the overall opinion of its workers. “Our Punjab workers were occupied with the Delhi elections when the civil polls were notified in Punjab in a hush-hush manner after a year of delay,” AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur told HT. Terming the election timing “a conspiracy of the Akali-BJP regime”, he said the state election commission had started the nomination process on the voting day in Delhi, “knowing well that our strongest cadres were busy there“.
The AAP leader said that if the delimitation of wards and extending of municipal limits were required indeed, the commission should have done it in time. By suspending the local bodies for more than a year and putting these under administrators for the period, he said, the Punjab government had also violated the Constitution.
Reacting to AAP’s decision, BJP city chief Sanjay Tandon said, “In the past year, AAP has lost its sheen owing to controversies and the mismanagement in Punjab. They had no option but to run away.” What are your behind the same? Is AAP really running away from the stipulated elections? Pour down your perspectives in the comment section below!