Kejriwal apology: Two top AAP leaders in Punjab resign

17 March, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Terri Saunders
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Leaders from ruling Congress also slammed AAP. "The party will definitely speak to our dissident leaders", he added.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that Kejriwal has tendered an apology.

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Kejriwal's apology amounted to "murder of AAP in Punjab". "We can not be associated with a party whose main leader meekly surrendered by tendering apology to former minister Bikram Singh Majithia", LIP leader and MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains said here today.

They also said that state unit leaders were now facing allegations whether Kejriwal had entered into an understanding with Akali Dal by tendering apology to Majithia in defamation case. "And in today's meeting, we will take a decision, keeping in view the sentiments of volunteers and people of Punjab", he said. Majority of AAP MLAs are in favour of splitting away from the party, according to Lok Insaaf Party President Simarjit Singh Bains. "I still believe drugs would not have taken so many young lives had the previous government not patronised drug mafia".

The party's Punjab unit is sharply divided between those who owe their allegiance to the Delhi leadership and those who support the state leadership, the latter largely throwing their weight behind Khaira. Prominent among these included the cases filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari, and former Punjab minister Majithia. However, he got 14 MLAs to rally behind him and sought action against the dissenters.

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Jakhar maintained that Kejriwal's apology to Majithia only established the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal had a secret understanding to divide the anti-incumbency votes against the Akalis. So far in the inner-party tussle, the Punjab unit had given support to Kejriwal and losing them would be a huge blow to him.

Accusing Majithia of playing with the youth of Punjab by "unleashing narcoterrorism in the state", Kejriwal had once declared that he would "drag" the then Punjab cabinet minister "by his collar" to jail for his alleged role in a multi-million rupee drug racket.

"It is a matter of pain that on one side Kejriwal could not understand the ground reality and he was giving his apology and on other hand STF submitted its report in the high court", he said.

Friday promises to be an action-packed day for the party, beginning with Khaira's press briefing. "I thank him for this gesture", he said in a statement.

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