The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday criticised Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for likening the party to the Islamic State terror group, reported Hindustan Times. AAP's state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said, “Sukhbir seems to have lost his mind after seeing massive groundswell in favour of AAP in Punjab and sensing his imminent defeat in the 2017 Assembly polls.” The party has demanded an apology from Badal for his remark.

In an interview to the English daily, the Shiromani Akali Dal president had said, "The AAP is no threat. It has no agenda. It is leaderless. It has no organisational set-up or command structure. In that sense, it’s like the ISIS [Islamic State terror outfit]. Everyone in AAP thinks himself to be a leader. It’s a bunch of self-proclaimed commanders. It’s all chaos."

Reacting to this, Chhotepur said Badal is obsessed with AAP as he only spoke about the party through the interview. "Sukhbir looks visibly scared. It also shows how AAP is giving sleepless nights to Sukhbir,” he added.

He also attacked the SAD and accused it of practising nepotism. “AAP is the party of the common man, unlike the SAD that is being run by the Badal family like a private limited company. SAD is all about Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Bikram Singh Majithia and Adesh [Adaish] Partap Singh Kairon.”