Congresswoman Navjot Sidhu slammed Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday – which recorded a landslide victory in last month’s Punjab elections to defeat the ruling Congress – saying four of its five choices for the Rajya Sabha’s new batteries for remote control in Delhi were ‘.
The jibe was a reference to AAP boss Arvind Kejriwal amid claims by his rivals that he intends to ‘control’ the new Punjab government of the national capital.
Sidhu, who less than a week ago congratulated the AAP’s Bhagwant Mann on becoming prime minister, tweeted: “New batteries for the Delhi remote control, it flashes … Harbhajan is an exception, the rest are batteries and betrayal of Punjab !. “
The AAP has named ex-cricketer Harbhajan Singh as a choice for a Rajya Sabha MP post. The others are the founder of Lovely Professional University Ashok Mittal, the party’s Delhi MLA, Raghav Chadha; Sandeep Pathak, a faculty member at IIT-Delhi; and industrial Sanjeev Arora.
Elections for 13 Rajya Sabha vacancies will be held on March 31st.
Since the announcements, however, the AAP has been dealing with heat from the opposition, which has accused it of ‘cheating’ people by nominating ‘non-Punjabis’ and ‘outsiders’.
“We welcome the name of Harbhajan Singh, but not the other names. We will not tolerate anyone from outside Punjab,” said Sukhpal Singh Khaira of Congress.
He called the AAP’s choices ‘unbearable’.
A day after the AAP was declared the winner of the Punjab elections, Sidhu had declared the result ‘the voice of God’ and said that he ‘humbly accepts the mandate (s) of the people of Punjab’.
The AAP demanded a massive victory over Congress in the 2022 Punjab elections.
Congress won only 18 of the 117 seats because it failed to overcome a leadership crisis raised by Sidhu and his quarrel with ex-prime ministers Amarinder Singh and Charanjit Channi.