Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar on Saturday demanded the resignation of Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira as Leader of Opposition in the wake of the serious allegations of corruption levied by his own party colleagues.
In a statement, the Punjab Congress chief said given the gravity of the charges against Khaira, he should quit on moral grounds, failing which he should be sacked by the AAP leadership.
The state Congress president cited the reported allegations made by Punjab AAP co-president Balbir Singh, purportedly to some AAP workers, that Khaira takes cash from party workers. Describing the charges as shocking, Jakhar said the AAP leader had lost all moral right to continue in the responsible position of LoP.
He urged the Assembly speaker to take cognizance of the charges against the LoP and initiate necessary action under the rules of the Assembly.
The allegations had totally exposed Khaira, already mired in controversy over a drugs case, as completely lacking in political propriety and decorum, said the Punjab Congress, demanding his immediate removal from the post.
Considering the high moral ground that AAP had been trying to take on the issues of drugs and corruption, before and after the 2017 Assembly elections, allowing Khaira to continue as leader of Opposition, and in fact even as member of the party would not be condoned by the people of Punjab, the Congress president said.
The bribery allegations, which had plunged the beleaguered Punjab unit AAP into a fresh crisis, showed that the party had lost its narrative completely as a serious political entity in the state, said the Congress chief, demanding that AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal should immediately wind up the Punjab organisational set-up.