A day after Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) poor performance in Shahkot bypoll, the ministers in Punjab Cabinet on Friday asked Leader of Opposition Party (LoP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira to take moral responsibility for the defeat.

They also demanded Khaira to quit as LoP in the Assembly. They said an election is a collective victory or a defeat for any party, but Khaira evidently did not believe in this dictum. The joint statement was released by ministers including Rural Development Minister Tripat Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Mining minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

It the statement it was added that AAP was a divided house had been clear for quite some time now, but Khaira’s statement had exposed the extent of the discord. “If Khaira is so dissatisfied with the AAP leadership’s functioning, why does not he quit the party,” the ministers asked, adding that any self-respecting individual would have do so by now.

Khaira should have taken on the party’s top leadership openly and aggressively, if he had felt so strongly about the AAP’s lack of organisational capability in taking on the Shahkot bypoll challenge, the ministers added in the statement. He chose to conveniently ignore the issue all through, choosing to spend his time, instead, in indulging in cheap theatrics and antics, which have clearly backfired on him and his party, they added.