A few hours after Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann resigned as AAP’s Punjab chief today, the co-president of the party’s state unit, Aman Arora, also stepped down.
A day after AAp’s convener Arvind Kejriwal offered a written apology to former Punjab minister Bikramjit Singh Manjithia, party’s Punjab unit expressed strong displeasure over the development.
Earlier today Mann, who resigned from his post, tweeted, “I’m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab …but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an “Aam Aadmi “ of Punjab.”
The Delhi chief minister’s apology drew flak from his party’s leaders and MLAs in Punjab, who said they were “stunned” by the move and “disappointed” as Kejriwal had not kept them in the “loop”.
Kejriwal had yesterday apologised for levelling charges of involvement in drugs trade against SAD leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, saying he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.
The chief minister in his apology letter had said, “In the recent past I made certain statements and allegations against you (Majithia) regarding your alleged involvement in the drug trade. These statements became a political issue.”
“Now I’ve learnt that the allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same,” he said.
Leader of Opposition in Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that he was “stunned” by the apology by Kejriwal.
(With agency inputs)