Shimla, Mar 26
Son of former Congress stalwart Pt Sukh Ram and exiled ruling party MLA Anil Sharma stated on Saturday that Aam Adami Party entry in the state may change power equation as the outfit is not only capable to wrestle the power moreover it can oddly pave the way for changing the existing trend of alternate party rule after five years.
Speaking to media at Mandi on Saturday Sharma said that AAP succeeded in winning the hearts of the people of Dehli first, now Punjab by offering attractive slogans of free power and water, better education and health. He said that issues of HP are different but AAP may dent the prospects of either of the 2 parties, in this changing scenario. He cautioned that both Congress and BJP may have to face massive defection or erosion during upcoming Assembly Election as those who would not get tickets may cross the fence to join the AAP as it would be best option for many and it may create crisis in both the parties. He said that danger of massive exodus during Assembly Election is looming large in existing outfits of the state and entry of AAP may create shock wave too. Sharma’s statement is relevant at a time when AAP leader and Delhi and Punjab CM Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwat Man are going to address the first rally in the bastion of Pt Sukh Ram and home district of Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur (at Paddal ground) in Mandi on April 4.
Sharma who is himself a fence sitter due to the exile forced by his BJP Jai Ram Thakur Government, may trouble the later as even without joining the new outfit he may play spoil sport to make the congregation a grand success behind the scene.
Sharma currently couldn’t defy party whip being the member of BJP legislative party. However the way he had been sidelined by the ruling party for the last three years ( after his son Ashrya Sharma joined the Congress party and fought Lok Sabha Election in 2019 against the BJP) Sharma is in affix. Firstly he is not expelled by the BJP after his son joined Congress, even as he continues to be member of BJP legislative party yet he was not being invited in the legislative party meeting or allowed to speak in the house. Sharma has also blamed ruling BJP of discrimination of his Assembly constituency.
Speculations loom large, that now Sharma may join the Congress party or AAP too before the oncoming assembly polls.
Pt Sukh Ram is considered pioneer of 3rd front in Himachal as he had successfully formed coalition BJP- HVC(Himachal Vikas Congress) government in 1998 by keeping Congress party out of power. Once again the role of his successors seems to be becoming prominent in the changing political scenario.