Even after more than 15 days of the announcement of their suspension from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) because of anti-party activities, Patiala MP Dr Dharamvir Gandhi and his Fatehgarh Sahib counterpart Harinder Singh Khalsa have received no formal show-cause notice from the central leadership.
On August 29, AAP's Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur had announced the suspension of two MPs after they had attended a parallel political rally at Baba Bakala in Gurdaspur. Chhotepur had said the party's central leadership had endorsed the decision and was going to serve show-cause notice on the two leaders, a matter not under his purview. Sanjay Singh, who is spearheading the AAP's political rallies in Punjab, said it seemed the issue was still pending with the disciplinary committee.
Dr Gandhi said he checked his email inbox every day, expecting to receive the show-cause notice served on him. "I have no official confirmation, verbal or written, from the party on whether I have been suspended or not. I have read about it only in newspapers," said the MP.
Asked if the senior leadership had offered him a patch-up deal to avoid any damage to the party in the 2017 state elections, Dr Gandhi said he had no knowledge of it. "It is unfortunate that all political parties in Punjab, including the AAP, are talking only about gaining power but have no roadmap for the 2017 state assembly polls. "Look at what happened to the AAP in the Delhi University elections," said Dr Gandhi.
On his meeting with ousted AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday, he said people were free to draw own conclusions but there was nothing political about that meeting. "No one can tutor me on what I must do in my life. I have a mind of my own," said the suspended leader, who claimed he would wait and watch for six months and weigh his political options.
Khalsa, too, said he had received no notice yet. "I am rather waiting for the notice eagerly so that I can rebut each allegation against me. Rather I plan to send a show-cause notice to the party," said the Fatehgarh Sahib MP. He claimed it was a blatant lie to say that Dr Gandhi and he had organised the parallel rally at Baba Bakala on August 29. "The rally was organised by the AAP volunteers and we just went over to address the gathering," said the Fatehgarh Sahib MP to claim that his suspension was premeditated.
"The rally was held on August 29, while the AAP posters for the official rally featured only two MPs (Bhagwant Mann of Sangrur and Sadhu Singh of Faridkot). Both Gandhi and I were missing. On the other hand, our posters had all four MPs together along with national convener Arvind Kejriwal. This proves that some elements in the party had already made up their mind to act against us," said Khalsa.