India Elections 2019: Will AAP Join Grand Alliance?
MISSISSAUGA – Kejriwal’s apology to Majithia settled the defamation suit, but it raised a different storm in AAP but this episode received disproportionate coverage in the media. Kejriwal’s apology, seemingly offered in haste, was an exercise in real politic. This was stated by AAP leader Himmat Singh Shergill, during a detailed discussion with Yudhvir Jaswal, Group Editor and CEO of Y Media, on the future of the party, and its prospects in the upcoming general election of 2019 on Channel Y.
Ever since its inception, AAP has weathered many a storms, from leaders like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan striking out on their own to fissures developing within the party over decisions on critical matters. The party captured the imagination of Punjabis in the general election of 2014. The party secured four seats out of 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab-Sangrur, Faridkot, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib. Interestingly, these were the only seats the AAP won in the elections. Ipso facto, the political abacus was rearranged and AAP focused its attention and devoted its resources towards winning the Punjab assembly election. Consequently, AAP succeeded in becoming the chief opposition party in the assembly in its debut, with the leader of opposition nominated from among its members. AAP leader Himmat Singh Shergill, who contested from Majitha against the incumbent Bikramjit Singh Majithia in 2017, made news when he took on a transport company owned by the Badals. Subsequently, he joined politics and is considered to be one of the key-strategists in AAP.
Replying to a question on AAP’s loss in the Rajouri Garden by election, Shergill accepted the party’s error in judgement of the pulse of the people, but cited the result of the Bawana byelection to balance the scales. On whether Khaira planned a coup or not, Shergill dismissed it as a figment of
imagination of a partisan section of the media.