The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received a severe jolt today with its Jalandhar Cantonment candidate H S Walia joining the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) along with a large number of his supporters as well as the local AAP leadership.
The AAP leader, who has built a large support base in the area, said he was joining the SAD due to its pro- people policies as well as the party’s desire to take all sections of society with it. “I earlier joined AAP because it professed idealism. However I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupted and was not in the least bit concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover AAP is run from Delhi by a dictatorial leader – Arvind Kejriwal who does not give any weightage to the local leadership”. Mr Walia also made it clear that he would now work unconditionally as a dedicated soldier of SAD.
Welcoming Mr Walia into the Akali fold, the SAD president said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district. He said Walia would be duly adjusted in the party organisation and given important duties.
The SAD President said the manner in which both Congress and AAP leaders were joining the SAD was indicative of the functioning of the Congress government as well as complete disillusionment with AAP. He said political leaders usually changed parties towards the fag end of any government’s tenure but presently leaders were leaving the Congress in droves because the party had lost all appeal among the masses after reneging on promises made to the people.
Those present on the occasion included Manpreet Ayali, Pawan Teenu, Baljit Neelmahal, Kulwant Singh Manan, Gurcharan Singh Channi and Dr Amarjit Thind. Those joining SAD from AAP today included.