In a major jolt to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its Punjab-in-charge Sanjay Singh today offered to resign from his post, as per ANI report. This comes a day after party’s drubbing in the MCD polls in which it came a distant second, winning only 48 out of 272 wards. Notably, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey had resigned yesterday, according to PTI report. The Kejriwal-led party had won 20 out of a total of 117 seats in the recently-concluded Punjab Assembly polls. The Congress had registered a thumping win, securing 77 seats, while SAD-BJP managed to bag 18 seats.
“I have resigned from d post of AAP Delhi Convenor, conveyed to National Convenor @ArvindKejriwal to give this responsibility to someone else (sic),” Pandey had tweeted. Pandey, a crucial cog in the party’s machinery, was overseeing MCD campaign and strategy along with AAP’s Delhi in-charge Ashish Talwar. Two days before the poll results, Pandey had expressed apprehension that the MCD poll results could be “rigged” and the ground for it was being prepared by “floating” exit polls predicting a BJP sweep.
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Yesterday, party MP Bhagwant Mann had flayed the party leadership for the drubbing in the recent state Assembly elections, stating that not naming a chief ministerial candidate cost them heavy. The AAP’s Sangrur MP said the party should look within to find out the reasons which stopped its march to power in Punjab. Contrary to AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s stand, Mann said there was no use in finding fault with the electronic voting machines (EVMs). He also slammed the party leadership for “behaving like a ‘mohalla’ (local) cricket team,” and said AAP had committed a “historic blunder” in Punjab with regard to the overall electoral strategy, the PTI report said.
AAP state convenor Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi had endorsed Mann’s remarks. “What Mann has said should be taken seriously by Arvind Kejriwal. The party convenor (Kejriwal) should speak to Mann to know why he thinks so,” he told PTI. He said the central party leadership has “failed miserably” to make a contact with party activists at the ground level.