Expelled AAP Leaders Yadav, Bhushan May Launch Political Party For Punjab Polls

19/01/2016 4:34 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 15: Dissident AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan addressing a press conference at the Press Club of India on April 15, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Dissident AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that Swaraj Samvad was neither a political party nor an NGO, clarifying that he and Prashant Bhushan were still a part of the Aam Aadmi Party. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan are mulling to launch a political party and may field candidates for the 2017 Punjab assembly election, at a time when Arvind Kejriwal is pulling out all stops to ensure victory in the state.

Swaraj Abhiyan, a group formed by the duo and their supporters after their expulsion from the AAP, said they are "seriously thinking" about contesting the assembly elections in Punjab.

"We intend to launch a political party soon, but no date has been fixed. But yes, we are seriously thinking about contesting Punjab polls," a senior Swaraj Abhiyan leader told .

Meanwhile, the party has said it will "back" musician Bhai Baldeep Singh from Khadoor Sahib assembly during by-poll in Punjab next month.

"Swaraj Abhiyan is currently a non-political organisation and we don't hope to launch the party by next month. Bhai Baldeep Singh will contest as an independent and will be backed by Swaraj Abhiyan. We will be putting all our weight behind him," he said.

Bhai Baldeep Singh, who is also a part of the national executive of the organisation, said, "Swaraj Abhiyan's support is crucial for the polls."

Yadav and other Abhiyan leaders are also expected to campaign for Singh next month.

The decision to support Singh was taken on Sunday. He had contested 2014 Lok Sabha polls on AAP ticket from Khadoor Sahib, but had lost.

The seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki resigned from the Assembly in protest against the sacrilege incidents in the state.

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