Amid the ongoing infighting within Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a group of NRI convenors and other office-bearers have written to Arvind Kejriwal asking not to make Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the state convenor of the party in Punjab. The group has also accused Mann of being self-centric and has rejected any move to appoint him.
The letter was submitted to Kejriwal a day before the scheduled AAP meet called by the Delhi CM where all MLAs from Punjab will be in attendance. The meeting is reportedly called to make some changes in leadership of the party in the state. In a report published by Indian Express, the NRI convenors of AAP from countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others have written to Kejriwal that they had come to know Mann was bidding for a position of the Convenor of the party in Punjab.
The letter read: “If there is any truth to it, then we, overseas NRI team members and office holders, unanimously reject this move. This will be the most regressive and damaging move by the party and will have irreparable consequences. Despite being a major campaigner for the party in the 2017 elections in Punjab, the people have overwhelmingly rejected him and perceive him as a liability.”
“Bhagwant Mann is a narcissist, less focused on the well-being of his constituents and is in a non-stop campaigning mode for himself and has campaigned consistently against leaders like HS Phoolka and other many leaders of AAP Punjab Unit,” the letter said further adding that Mann wanted to be the Chief Minister of Punjab and this is what cost the party state Assembly elections.
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The group of NRIs has urged the AAP chief to ask Mann to continue with his role as an MP and focus on his constituency. The group has also requested that no decision for the structure of the party should be made till Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu come back from his overseas trip.
“We the overseas team recognize HS Phoolka, Kanwar Sandhu, Sukhpal Khaira, Aman Arora and other MLAs as the stalwarts of the Punjab AAP Team and future state decisions and national decisions should be made in the presence of these individuals,” the letter says.
As per Indian Express, the letter was issued on behalf of 13 NRI office-bearers from USA, five each from Europe and Australia-New Zealand and three from Canada.