Hitting out at Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh for terming them “outsiders”, founders of a pro-AAP NRI body on Monday said they were not bothered about the rival leader’s statement and were ready to go to jail for their party.
The body ‘Chalo Punjab’ also opposed Amarinder’s complaint to the Election Commission against them for campaigning for AAP in the poll-bound state.
“We are not bothered what Amarinder says, even if we are jailed for supporting AAP,” founders Joban Randhawa, Surinder Mavi and Jaskirat Mann said here.
They claimed they had the constitutional right to campaign in the state.
AAP’s Toronto youth convener Randhawa claimed more than 35,000 NRIs would be campaigning in Punjab.
The second batch of NRIs from UK would be arriving at Amritsar on January 24 and they would take out a road show the same day, Randhawa said.
“Amarinder is frustrated as NRIs have refused to support the Congress. He had visited USA and Canada to garner support but was not allowed enter the latter’s cities, Toronto and Vancouver,” he said.
He told Amarinder that they own land in Punjab and he has no right to brand them “outsiders”.
“NRIs were good as long as they funded Congress and SAD but pronounced terrorists if supporting AAP,” Randhawa alleged.
AAP’s Canada convener Mavi said Amarinder was “scared” of NRIs and he lodged the complaint after NRIs didn’t support him.
“The Congress leader has made a false claims in the media that 400 NRIs were coming to campaign for his party. If he can invite NRIs then what is the problem if we are supporting AAP,” he said.