Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Dharamvira Gandhi on Friday said the AAP way of functioning has provoked its comparison with East India Company. This follows hard on the heels of Awaaz-e-Punjab founder and former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “behaving like 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 the media on Friday morning in Patiala, Punjab.
“By bringing 50 people in Punjab, they are trying to run the state’s 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.
He 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.”
Asked whether he would like to join the new front opened by Sidhu, he said, “Punjab is surrounded by so many problems today, like agriculture, unemployment, addiction environment, industry etc, and its position among the states of India has been falling constantly. And, if any party or a person, who talks about the well being of Punjab, we welcome them. We will have to see what is their perspective of the state and how will they solve the state’s problem. If that party is addressing the problems of Punjab correctly, we will definitely seek help from them and also extend our help to them.”