Ex-convener of AAP Punjab quits

Posted May 12, 2017

Ghuggi's decision to quit the party comes two days after the AAP named its MP Bhagwant Mann as its Punjab convener.

Ghuggi also slammed AAP's national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying he did not have even five minutes to spare for the people of Punjab where he spent a lot of time before the assembly polls.

Comedian-turned-politician Waraich told the media here that he has resigned from the primary membership of the AAP.

Bhagwant Mann's appointment as new Punjab chief has triggered a series of resignations in AAP. Addressing a press conference, Waraich said that the manner in which Mann had been chosen smacked of a "pick and choose" policy in which the sentiments of the cadre of the party had been ignored.

An obdurate Khaira said he would not take back his resignation as the party chief whip, alleging the leadership had "sacrificed party ideals to protect the interests of a few".

He said suspended party leader and MP Dharmavira Gandhi, MLAs Sukhpal Khaira and H S Phoolka could have been a better choice to head the as state unit. "I did not expect this from him when the party gave him so much". "Why did he (Ghuggi) not resign earlier", he asked. He too was allegedly upset over Mr. Mann's appointment to the top post in the State.

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Similar sentiments were echoed by NRI volunteers of the party who had written to Arvind Kejriwal against elevating Mann to the post of Convener.

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He alleged that Mr Ghuggi, despite being a star campaigner, did not hold any rally for the party outside his constituency.

Mann said he had supported Ghuggi after he was made the state convener.

"Ghuggi is right in pointing out that Kejriwal could have given Mann three months to reform himself and cure himself of his drinking habits. I had also said that his selection would have helped clear the doubts that the party works for a particular community", he said.