AAP can be compared with East India Company: AAP MP Dharamvir Gandhi

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First Awaaz-e-Punjab founder Navjot Singh Sidhu accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “behaving like the East India Company”. Today suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Dharamvir Gandhi supported Sidhu saying the way AAP national convener and his associates are working, it would indeed not be wrong to compare them with the East India Company.

“In the light of AAP national convener 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 the East India Company,” Gandhi told media.

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“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 added.

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He further 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,” said Gandhi.

When asked would he like to join the new front opened by Sidhu, he said, “If any party or a person, who talks about the well-being of Punjab, we welcome them. If that party is addressing the problems of Punjab correctly, we will definitely seek help from them and also extend our help to them.”

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Sidhu on Thursday formally launched a new political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’, which will contest the Punjab assembly elections next year.