“AAP always talked about bringing out a ‘revolution’ and associated their style of politics with Bhagat Singh’s ideology. But, leaving Khatakar Kalan, AAP has been regularly camping at ‘deras’ to gain on vote bank politics.”
The foundation of the AAP’s brand of politics was rooted in the ideology of Bhagat Singh, or that is what the party tried hard to project. No wonder much of AAP’s politics and campaigns were centered on Khatkar Kalan (Bhagat Singh’s ancestral village) for the past many years. But, ironically this year on ‘Martyr’s Day’ (March 23, when Bhagat Singh was hanged to death in 1931), none of the AAP leaders paid a visit to Khatakar Kalan.
Succumbing to Dera Politics
AAP has been nurturing the dream of winning Punjab polls since general elections in 2014. Now, ahead of polls they are leaving no stone unturned to make an impression. With lack of political base or leadership in state, AAP has realized that they won’t be able to any headway in state. In this scenario, they are now trying to milk the huge vote bank of various ‘deras’ of Punjab.
It must be noted here that last visit of AAP supremo, Arvind Kejriwal’s last dinner was centered around various ‘deras’ of Punjab.
Much hyped campaign launch at Khatkar Kalan
On March 23, 2015, AAP launched it over hyped, ‘Punjab against Corruption’ campaign. The campaign was launched by national executive member Naveen Jaihind at Khatkar Kalan, followed by a rally in Jalandhar. The rally proved only eyewash, which failed to make any noise. AAP seem to have appropriated the ideology of Bhagat Singh for their own vested interests but failed to make a mark.
While Kejriwal completely skipped Khatkar Kalan on his recent two visits to the state, on top of that, his visits to the ‘deras’ sent signals of the AAP’s tilt to ‘dera’ and caste-based politics.