Karnataka Elections: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says BJP and Congress doing politics of adjustment

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann posing for a photograph with children at the Hubli airport on Tuesday. , Photo Credit: Kiran Bakale

“BJP and Congress have been doing politics of adjustments for decades. That’s why a third party is needed,” Bhagwant Mann, Punjab chief minister and AAP leader, said in Belagavi on Wednesday.

“In various states, both the parties do politics of accommodation. Their senior leaders are friends and they come to an agreement about different seats where the compromising candidates are given tickets to help each other. Aam Aadmi Party is not like this. We do politics of self-respect.

“Both the national parties hatched a conspiracy to defection of MLAs and MPs in several states. They buy MLAs whenever they feel insecure about the majority. Their attitude is such that whenever they do it, it is right, but when others do it, it is wrong. However, the AAP has stayed away from such practices,” he said.

He said that national level AAP leaders would visit different districts for campaigning. “We have general elections in Karnataka and bypolls in Punjab and other states. These elections are important for us as this is the first election after AAP was declared a national party.

He accused the central government of misusing constitutional agencies to silence critics. She is targeting AAP leaders like Manish Sisodia in Delhi.

“Even in Karnataka the Center is doing this,” he said. “BJP should realize that there is a need for internal democracy among political parties. Selected people should run parties, not selected parties.

He said that AAP is like a fresh breath of wind in Indian politics as it stays away from politics of any kind of adjustment or compromise. Later, he spoke to the party workers after filing nominations of some party candidates.

He said that the AAP government in Punjab has resolved the issue of cane dues by the factories. “Due to our prompt action, farmers have got their dues of around Rs 3,000 crore,” he said.

AAP candidate Raju Topannavar filed his nomination from Belagavi North constituency. He said he would fight for the all-round development of Belagavi and protection of its environment.

“Leaders of all parties have acted in selfishness all these years. We will try to reverse that trend and show people that politics is for the good of the people.

Leaders like AAP State President Prithvi Reddy, District President Shankar Hegde, Ravindra Belad, Basanagouda Chikkanagoudar and others were present.