Phoolka also said statements that lead to confrontation should be avoided in an apparent reference to Sidhu’s severe criticism of Aam Aadmi Party and its national convener Arvind during the launch of Awaaz-e-Punjab on September 8.Widely presumed to be a fourth front in Punjab, the Awaaz-e-Punjab’s leadership has made U-turns twice. First, it refused to form a political party, and, thereafter, they announced Monday they were open to a pre-election alliance with either AAP or Congress.
Sidhu had at the time of the launch of his forum also blasted the Congress party.
On Tuesday, Congress, too, said Sidhu’s front could contact them.Speaking to The Indian Express, Phoolka said: “I would request them (Awaaz-e-Punjab) to refrain from making any kind of statement which leads to a confrontation. I would also request my party to be open to any arrangement with them.”
Phoolka added it was not a question of having an alliance which would benefit AAP but something that will be beneficial for Punjab. “Our idea is to free Punjab from the gunda raj,” he said.
Meanwhile, Manjit Singh, who was earlier a member of AAP and now heads the Swaraj Party, said his party has its arms open for all people. “Our doors are open for everyone and even those from established political parties. People who are fed up with coterie, autocratic behaviour whether they be from Congress, BJP or AAP, which as you know, is a one-man show,” he said.
On the U-turn by Awaaz-e-Punjab, Manjit Singh said it is for the forum leaders to explain. “They held a press conference and criticised these parties. If they are are now retreating from those words, they should explain why have they done so,” he said.
On a possible alliance between Swaraj Party and the forum, Manjit Singh said, “If we will have an alliance it will be on the basis of a common minimum programme. It is like a marathon. In a marathon, thousands of people start but only a few finish. The people who claim that to talk of about Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat have to explain if it is just a buzzword or cliché or do they mean it also. If they mean it, then they will join hands to form a regional platform to meet aspiration of people,” he said.
Pargat Singh, a key member of Awaaz-e-Punjab, said there was no dichotomy in the stand of the forum as they were very clear that there should not be any division of votes in the anti-Badal stance. “Our support for any other political party will be based on shared values and will not be a blind support,” he said.