On Sunday, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has alleged the former AAP lawmaker Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who has resigned from the party, of ‘trying to weaken’ the party and has asserted that it will “strengthen” with his exile.
A Punjab MLA Mr. Khaira had already rebelled against the party and has resigned from its primary membership accused that the AAP had “totally deviated” from the principles and ideology it was formed on.
The opposition leader has been a vocal critic of the AAP leadership since he was dismissed as the LoP (Leader of Opposition) in the Punjab Assembly in July 2018.
In last year November, Mr. Khaira was suspended from the AAP for having involvement in “anti-party” activities.
He posted on Twitter, which reads, “Mr. Sukhpal Khaira’s resignation was expected. The party will be strengthened with his exit. He should now resign from MLA also, which he won on party ticket. Mr. Khaira started revolting against party since the post of LoP in Punjab was given to a Dalit leader (sic).”
Mr. Sisodia has further alleged the leader of trying to weaken the party adding that “AAP will keep working for poor and marginalized people. Those who have problem in this can leave the party. Mr. Khaira was trying to weaken the party and was openly revolting against the party since then.”
He also tweets that “He tried to break party. Which organization can tolerate such behavior? @ArvindKejriwal ji always says that those who have come for position or power should leave the party. He was always clamoring for position and power (sic).”
The 53-years-old Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who is a former congressman had joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in December 2015, almost a year before the last Punjab Assembly Elections has sent his resignation to the party’s National Convener Arvind Kejriwal.
In his resignation letter, the Bholath MLA said that “I am constrained to forward my resignation from the primary membership of AAP as the party has totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post the Anna Hazare movement.”
Mr. Khaira continued, “Although you have already rewarded our good work by humiliatingly suspending me and Kanwar Sandhu from the party but still I want to formalize the disconnection with you and AAP, by quitting its primary membership.”
In November 2018, Mr. Sandhu was suspended along with Mr. Khaira. The AAP has billed itself as a strong contender to wrest power from states’ ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP in 2017 Assembly Elections, has managed to secured 20-seats in the 117-seats Assembly Elections.