In a big jolt for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), former Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi announced his resignation from the party’s primary membership today. Ghuggi’s resignation from the party’s primary membership comes a day after Bhagwant Mann was named as the new Punjab unit convenor. Speaking to reporters after leaving the party, Ghuggi said that he can’t work under a “drunkard like Bhagwant Mann”. Ghuggi had also said that it was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, not the EVMs that were responsible for the loss in elections, India TV reported. This is the second top resignation in party’s Punjab unit. Earlier, it’s chief whip Sukhpal Singh Khaira had resigned in protest against Mann’s elevation. 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 comes at time when the party is embroiled in a number of controversies. AAP top leadership, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is facing serious corruption allegations. MLA Kapil Mishra has accused Kejriwal of accepting a Rs 2 crore from fellow cabinet minister Satyendar Jain. The minister has even filed a complaint with CBI and ACB.
Later in the day, the leader slammed party chief Kejriwal for making ‘false claims’ on Electronic Voting Machines in the Delhi Assembly. Mishra added that Kejriwal and AAP are running away from the real reasons for party’s loss in recently concluded elections. “It is the same EVMs that gave Aam Aadmi Party 67 seats in 2015 Assembly Elections,” Mishra said. The AAP legislator then challenged Kejriwal to fight him in an election from Karawal Nagar contituency using on ballot papers. “If Kejriwal believes that EVMs were tampered with, then he should first recall elections for the Delhi Assembly,” said Mishra. Apart from the infighting, the The Income Tax department has also issued a notice to Aam Aadmi Party asking why the party shouldn’t be prosecuted for alleged tampering of account books, PTI reported.