Is AAP siding with radicals for electoral gains?

Is AAP siding with radicals for electoral gains

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), MP Bhagwant Mann’s controversial video exposing the security checks inside the parliament has posed serious threat to national security and parliament. While connecting the dots, it points out towards their anti-national stance, it is not the first time, that the rookie party has gone astray for electoral gains.

‘Sarbat Khalsa’, a Sikh congregation turned out to be a Khalistan platform. Resolutions were passed in the dubious event, which included the demand for a separate Sikh nation. AAP leaders not only shared the dais with Sikh extremists but also openly endorsed the radical views.

AAP Member of Parliament from Patiala, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi had confirmed party’s radical leaning and blamed the party of playing the dangerous game of siding with radical outfits. Dr. Gandhi went on to state that it would be disastrous for Punjab if AAP played into the hands of certain hardliners. He further elucidated that the state recovered from the troubled days of militancy with grave difficulty and no ways Punjab can afford hardliners trying to break the peaceful social fabric of state.

The soft approach of AAP leaders towards Sikh militants is evident in Bhagwant Mann’s statement when he had said – “Khalistan is not on our agenda”. What is surprising is the fact that instead of categorical condemnation of militancy, Mann tried to defend himself by trying to skip the topic of Khalistan.

on the other hand, AAP is not even afraid of using slain Sikh militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s image for political gains. AAP leaders like Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sanjay Singh and Bhagwant Mann pleaded people of Punjab to celebrate Bhindrawale’s birth anniversary by paying obeisance at the nearest Gurdwara.

Even before the formation of political outfit, AAP leaders had the long history of supporting extremism. AAP leader Jarnail Singh, who had hogged limelight for hurling shoe at the then Finance Minister P. Chidambram in 2009 in protest against the anti Sikh riots had addressed a rally in London in 2011 showing support for the creation of a separate Sikh state. In current context, it is no news that Khalistani supporters are either joining or supporting AAP.

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