1. Now, crisis brews in Punjab for AAP: Bhagwant Mann named new state convenor, ‘chief whip’ Sukhpal Singh Khaira quits in protest

Now, crisis brews in Punjab for AAP: Bhagwant Mann named new state convenor, ‘chief whip’ Sukhpal Singh Khaira quits in protest

Amid the ongoing rift between Arvind Kejriwal and MLA Kapil Mishra of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Delhi unit, another fault line appeared in the AAP's Punjab unit as the party's chief in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira resigned from his post.

By: | Published: May 9, 2017 10:48 AM
Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Kapil Mishra, AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, Kapil Mishra Amid the ongoing rift between Arvind Kejriwal and MLA Kapil Mishra of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Delhi unit, another fault line appeared in the AAP’s Punjab unit as the party’s chief in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira resigned from his post. (Image: The Indian Express)

Amid the ongoing rift between Arvind Kejriwal and MLA Kapil Mishra of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Delhi unit, another fault line appeared in the AAP’s Punjab unit as the party’s chief in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira resigned from his post. On Monday, after a meeting between Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal and its party members from the Punjab Unit, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was chosen as the new state convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party. The resignation of Khaira was in protest for Mann’s selection. Those who attended the meeting described it to be “stormy” and further regarded Khaira’s resignation as a mark of “protest” over the election of Bhagwant Mann, as reported by The Indian Express.

Not just Khaira, outgoing convenor Gurpreet Singh Waraich also, expressed his dismay over the manner this new selection took place. ““Gurpreet said he was humiliated and that he could have been informed of the decision on the phone and would have tendered his resignation. He said he had been defending the various indiscretions of Mann in public,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying. In reply to Waraich, Kejriwal said that Mann was already warned not to engage in any activity that would defame party’s name.

H S Phoolka denied all the allegations. The AAP MLA and leader of opposition in Punjab said that the decision to elect Mann was taken unanimously and there is no “face-off” over the decision, as reported by The Indian Express.

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