Sukhbir Badal, 54, dismisses Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party as a pretender and says the Punjab election early next year will again be fought between traditional rivals Congress and his Akali Dal.
“AAP will be wiped out, it will be third,” the Akali Dal leader told NDTV, as he drove down the road to Ballachor, in his SUV, a Mitsubishi Montero, stopping in villages for ‘sangat darshans’ or public meetings.
He rejected AAP’s claim to Punjab’s young vote saying, “We had a youth function the other day and thousands came. Our student organisation won the last university elections.”
He also alleges a Congress-AAP understanding to try and keep the Akali Dal out. “There is more quid pro quo between the Congress and AAP because they have been partners in Delhi,” Mr Badal alleged.
“They are intimidating people, people of Punjab are going to throw them out, they are only promoting their own family. Sukhbir Badal is an expert at lying,” retorted AAP’s Himmat Singh Shergill, who will contest the assembly election from Mohali.