After Kejriwal's apology, Punjab AAP unit contemplates breaking away
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Mar 18, 2018,
Mar 18, 2018, 1:18
The apology by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to former Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia was not a sudden development, a senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has claimed.
Shortly after breaking the alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party, LIP chief and local MLA Simarjit Singh Bains reportedly said former minister Bikram Majithia should be arrested on the basis of evidence submitted by the Special Task Force (STF). "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 in Chandigarh on Friday.
Senior AAP leader H S Phoolka today asked party legislators in Punjab to seek "autonomy" for the state unit rather than forming a separate party "in the best interest" of the state, a day after majority of AAP MLAs contemplated a split. "We were told that Arvind ji will also be in the meeting". Now, I've learnt that allegations are unfounded, " the Delhi CM said in a statement. Sandhu, however, said that he would not attend the meeting. All the three secured bail and offered to face trial, stating they stood by the allegations made by them.
AAP MLAs were also of the opinion that Kejriwal should not have tendered an apology when he himself led the charge against Majithia on drug issue during the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls.
The state leadership had said the "meek surrender" was painful and very unfortunate.
Earlier, talking to reporters outside his office, Sidhu said, "It is a let down to the people of Punjab. However, we will fight for people in court", Sisodia said, adding, "If we spend time in court, then how we will be able to spare time for the people?"
"For the first time a Chief Minister in written has admitted that "I am a false Chief Minister", the posters read.
"The Delhi Chief Minister should have waited for the completion of inquiries going on into the matter before running with his apology", a separate statement quoting Congress Vice President Sukhjinder Randhawa said.