While the Election Commission is trying to ensure violence-free polls in Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann’s speech urging voters to welcome opposition leaders with stones has not gone down well with the SAD leaders here.Bhagwant Mann was in Sardulgarh while addressing a crowd, he said that opposition leaders would be welcomed with stones during their election campaign. “They (SAD leaders) will not get votes, but face stones. There will be black marketing of stones and within the coming days, reports would surface that a gang of stone-pelters, intending to disrupt Bhundar’s rally, have been arrested near Jhunir. The identity of a stone-pelter is never known. Dala dala hota hai, pata nahi kidhar se chala hota hai.” Amid crowd cheers, Mann said that a stone-pelter is never caught as nobody knows about his identity.
Later, the crowd reminded him that SAD MP Balwinder Singh Bhundar was allegedly mishandled in Dulowal village earlier this week to which Mann said that SAD leaders would face the wrath of voters in this fashion in the coming days. This was not the first time when Mann had spoken about possible stone-pelting against the SAD leaders during the election campaign. It should be noted that the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) election office in Jalalabad town of Fazilka district was allegedly ransacked by a group of men last month.