Punjab polls: AAP accuses BJP of trying to facilitate registration of a new ‘morcha’

‘It is clearly meant to facilitate a ‘Morcha’ (in an apparent reference to farmers’ Sanyukt Samaj Morcha led by Balbir Singh Rajewal) or a group, whose presence in the political arena during the elections would clearly harm AAP’, alleges Raghav Chadha

Tribune News Service

Ruchika M. Khanna

Chandigarh, January 13

In a major development, AAP has accused ruling BJP of trying to facilitate the registration of a new “Morcha”, so as to thwart the political advances made by AAP.

Theparty’s Punjab affairs incharge Raghav Chadha has alleged that the Election Commission of India, under pressure from the ruling party at the Centre, is trying to change the rules for registration of a political party, by reducing the time required for inviting objections from 30 days to 7 days.

Raghav Chadha

“This is being done after the model code of conduct came into force. It is clearly meant to facilitate a “Morcha” (in an apparent reference to farmers’ Sanyukt Samaj Morcha led by Balbir Singh Rajewal) or a group, whose presence in the political arena during the elections would clearly harm AAP,” he said.

It may be mentioned that initially both AAP and SSM were in talks for an alliance. Both sides have admitted to this. However, just yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal, national convener of AAP, said the alliance did not fructify as the SSM was demanding 60 seats, while they were willing to give them just 20-25 seats. Rajewal, on the other hand, had accused AAP leaders of giving tickets in exchange for money, a charge vehemently denied by the party.

Chadha asked the group to clarify to the public its relations with BJP and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “The BJP will go to any extreme to stop AAP from succeeding in the elections and forming a government in Punjab.”

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