Crisis Deepens in Aam Aadmi Party as Senior Punjab Unit Members Split Over Kejriwal’s Apology to Majithia

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Taking Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia as a big embarrassment, Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab Chief Bhagwant Mann today resigned from his post. Notably, Bhagwant Mann had won Parliamentary election from Sangrur in 2014 on AAP’s ticket.

Sharing the development with his followers on Facebook, Bhagwant Mann wrote, “I m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab… but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an ‘Aam Aadmi’ of Punjab”.

Arvind Kejriwal’s apology has drawn sharp wrath of his own prominent party legislators in Punjab.

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Khaira tweeted “We’re appalled n stunned by the apology of ArvindKejriwal tendered today, we don’t hesitate to admit that we haven’t been consulted on this meek surrender by a leader of his stature”.

In another tweet, Khaira said, “We promise to continue our tirade on the burning issue of drugs destroying the youth of Punjab”.

The AAP’s Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu also reacted sharply to the apology, tweeting, “Arvind kejriwal’s apology to Bikram majithia in the defamation case on drugs is a let down to the people, especially the youth of Punjab. We in punjab have not been taken into the loop. Our fight for Punjab continues.”

Meanwhile, senior AAP leader HS Phoolka asked party legislators to not resign but seek autonomy for the party in Punjab. He said this would work better in benefit of Punjab. Earlier, the Lok Insaf Party had also split from the Aam Aadmi Party. Several AAP MLAs have also requested a meeting with Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi.

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