Chandigarh: As per the media reports Aam Aadmi Party (APP) former Punjab unit President and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann is of the view that the party should not contest the Shahkot assembly bypoll scheduled for May 28.
“During the bypolls, people want to get their work done from the government. We are a small party that needs to concentrate on building organisational set-up at the grassroots. Our target should be the 2019 Lok Sabha elections instead,” he said.
Citing the example of the assembly byelection in the Dhuri constituency more than two years ago, Mann said AAP did not contest and the fight was between the Congress and the Akalis. He said SAD, which was in the government at that time, won the bypoll but the Congress got the seat in the 2017 assemble elections last year. “This is my personal opinion. The final call on whether to contest or not is that of the party leadership,” he said.
Though AAP’s state co-president Balbir Singh has already declared that the party will fight the bypoll, there are divergent views in the state unit due to its slender prospects of winning the contest. AAP candidate Amarjit Mehatpur was third with 31% votes during the assembly election last year, but he switched sides to join the SAD a month ago. Balbir Singh on Wednesday said that a majority of state leaders were in favour of fighting the election.