Former AAP Punjab convenor quits over Mann's appointment

Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) former Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi on Wednesday announced his resignation from the primary membership of the party. He has replaced another comedian-turned politician Gurpreet Ghuggi who was appointed as state convener of Punjab amid crisis in party cadre following the sacking of Sucha Singh Chhotepur.

Asserting that he can understand the "frustration" of AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira who has quit all party posts after Mann's appointment and the anguish of Kanwar Sandhu, Dhindsa said the decision to appoint Mann as the state chief of AAP is in league with other "dictatorial decisions" of Kejriwal. "But now it has become hard for me to continue and so I resign from its primary membership", said visibly emotional Waraich, who was appointed as the convener past year after Sucha Singh Chhotepur was ousted over bribery allegations.

Mr. Ghuggi added: "Also, I don't understand why most powers are being concentrated in Mr. Mann's hands".

A few leaders in AAP's Punjab unit are upset over Mann's elevation.

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Meanwhile, AAP's Bholath legislator and party's chief whip in assembly Sukhpal Khaira has resigned from his post citing that he won't be able to handle multiple duties. Despite of being considered a confidante of Kejriwal, Mann was critical of the party's strategy during the polls, but never went against party convener. "I did not expect this from him when the party gave him so much".

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

Ghuggi said he had resigned as the AAP had ditched its ideals.

"I think with election conducted with pick and choose policy, injustice has been done to Punjab and Punjabiyat", Ghuggi said adding that the volunteers were not involved.

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He said he would stay in politics but not with the AAP.

Ghuggi said that Mann had worked very hard for the party. Another AAP leader from Panjab University Senate has opposed Mann's appointment and said that he is not a person with "a good image". He also claimed, "Bhagwant himself said "remove me if I drink again".

Reacting to Ghuggi's resignation, Khaira said he was saddened with this development as the party had lost a hardworking, clean and popular leader.

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