AAP NATIONAL spokesperson, vice-president of Delhi Jal Board and now newly appointed co-in-charge of Punjab Raghav Chadha feels that the farmers’ agitation can have a huge impact on the Punjab Assembly polls in February 2022 and that Congress, SAD and BJP have “backstabbed” the farmers and been “exposed” within the eyes of the state’s voters.
During his two-day go to to Punjab, Chadha was seen conversing in Punjabi as he mentioned that he sees AAP as the one ray of hope for the voters as of now:
What was the concept behind your go to to Punjab?
I’ve been to Punjab quite a lot of occasions as I’ve my roots right here. My relations keep in Ludhiana, Jalandhar. After taking up as co-convenor of Punjab unit, this was my first go to. I paid obeisance at Golden Temple, went to Moga to fulfill households of farmers who misplaced their lives throughout this wrestle. I even met Ahrtiya Federation president Vijay Kalra and different members who had been raided by the I-T division just lately. There are many points to be taken up in Punjab however as of now we’re involved about our hardworking farmers who’re protesting towards these black legal guidelines. We must strengthen our organisational construction and that’s being achieved.
What was your first impression about Punjab as co-convenor?
Wherever I went, I might really feel that the individuals are determined for change. They tried the SAD-BJP alliance (which has now cut up), they tried Congress. However, all events cheated them. I can see that in 2022, folks of Punjab will see the change in us for which they’re determined.
What all companies is AAP offering to farmers at Delhi borders?
From langar to kambal, we’re taking part in a task of sewadaar for farmers and are attempting to assist as a lot as we are able to. We are taking part in the function of a mejbaan for farmers who’re protesting in powerful circumstances. We have supplied WiFi factors at Singhu for higher connectivity for 1000’s of farmers, have organized water tankers. So it’s a nishkam sewa for our farmers who’re protesting for his or her rights.
How do you understand the continuing farmers agitation affecting the 2022 state Assembly polls?
The farmers’ agitation is a ‘paak-saaf’ (clear) agitation and shouldn’t be considered from the prism of politics. However, since this query has been requested I can’t chorus from saying that three political events out of 4 in Punjab have back-stabbed the Indian farmer. First of all, BJP, as a result of it’s the mom of all of the black legal guidelines, second is the Congress, and particularly Capt Amarinder Singh, who’s the daddy of those black legal guidelines since he was a part of the committee that drafted these legislations and it was along with his implicit in addition to express consent that these three legal guidelines had been drafted.
The Akali Dal is now probably the most hated political get together in Punjab as a result of they’ve acted in cahoots with BJP from the second the concept of those three black legal guidelines was conceived to the drafting of those legislations to their passing in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Subsequently, as soon as this regulation got here into existence, they’ve orchestrated this non permanent break-up which can’t be seen as a everlasting divorce with the BJP.
What are your views on the picketing on residences of BJP leaders in Punjab. Also, how do you view the harm precipitated to cell towers of Reliance?
All these incidents have occurred due to the best way BJP has been behaving. If the BJP truly desires to resolve the matter, all they should do is to accede to the calls for of the farmers. All calls for of farmers are simply and should be adhered to. That’s all I’ve to say.
Why has AAP felt the necessity for a co-in-charge for Punjab when it already had an in-charge?
Just as to fly an aeroplane you want a co-pilot, equally a co-in-charge is required. As easy as that. My get together has given me, my chief Arvind Kejriwal has given me such a giant duty on these younger shoulders of mine. I pray to the almighty God that he ought to give me the flexibility to do justice to this job.
Don’t you suppose appointing state in-charges from Delhi perpetuates the narrative that AAP doesn’t give autonomy to its Punjab unit?
In each political get together there are people who find themselves appointed as in-charges and observers. So it should be considered like that. Harish Rawat is the in-charge of Congress. These are checks and balances and so this should be considered like that. The thought is barely to help and help the Punjab unit in no matter method potential. Ultimately it’s their name and the unit is able to doing this.
Very quickly after 2017 polls, the dissidence inside AAP ranks very practically precipitated a cut up. Though two dissidents have re-joined the get together, what’s being achieved to succeed in out to others?
I’m very candid about this. Every good individual is welcome who has the prosperity of Punjab as his/her precedence which is over and above his/her private ambition. Every such individual is welcome on this get together. I’m not saying solely those that have left us might solely be inducted, the truth is there are a number of good folks in different political events in Punjab. Not everyone seems to be a criminal. I normally give the instance of how at first of the Mahabharat, proper earlier than the Shankhnaad occurred and the conflict started, Yudhishtir made a really open assertion. On the primary day, he mentioned that if any warrior on my facet feels that I’m within the mistaken and Kauravas are proper, he’s free to cross over and be part of the enemy’s forces. He additionally invited anyone from the Kauravas facet additionally, in the event that they felt that the reality was with him, then they had been welcome to affix him with open arms. And there was one member of the Kauravas, known as Yuyutsu, who crossed over to Pandavas. So there are good folks in each political outfit and with that in thoughts, we shall be reaching out to a number of folks. By that I imply these in lively politics or had been in lively politics or don’t have anything to do with lively politics — all these individuals shall be welcomed and shall be approached to affix us.
There is a sense that although AAP is powerful in Malwa area, it has woefully insufficient presence in Doaba and Majha. What is being achieved to deal with this?
We will make a method for this. We will all sit down and make a method for every constituency. To clear up an issue you need to perceive the issue and be cognisant of it. We are cognisant and we all know our energy in addition to our weaknesses. And going ahead we shall be addressing these weaknesses in an especially enough method. And a number of plans, campaigns and organisational strengthening strategies shall be undertaken.
AAP management has been speaking about forming the following authorities in Punjab. What is it that you’re doing proper this time which can convey totally different outcomes?
This shouldn’t be my get together line, that is my private line that to start with when a teenager turns 16 and goes for a driving licence examination he could also be figuring out tips on how to drive a car however he says let me wait for 2 extra years until 18. Now that have and maturity of 18 years is now in us, the residents of the state really feel. So this time they’ll give us licence to drive the car. For the primary time within the historical past of unbiased India, a brand new get together fought Vidhan Savha elections and have become the principal Opposition within the state. Akali Dal, a century-old get together, was defeated, and this was a giant achievement. The folks gave us the function of a constructive Opposition for 5 years and mentioned that after 5 years we are going to evaluation your efficiency. Now after 5 years they really feel assured sufficient to offer us our driving licence and take ahead Punjab.
Who would be the driver?
We will very quickly let you already know who will probably be. Driver shall be one from the three crore folks of Punjab. He would be the satisfaction of Punjab and folks of Punjab shall be pleased with him.
How ready is your get together for the upcoming municipal polls in Punjab?
We are absolutely ready and I shall be visiting but once more forward of polls and through campaigning as nicely. We shall be contesting all of the seats of municipal councils and municipal firms in Punjab. We shall be making a mark within the polls.