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AAP's many voices point to rift in city unit

chandigarh Updated: Jan 22, 2014 12:35 IST
Monica Sharma

Once again, differences within the Chandigarh unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came out to fore with two media briefings from separate units.

One section led by Gurjusjit Singh is holding a rally in Sector 25 on January 26, and also held a silent protest in Sector 17 in support of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in his quest to get the police under control of the Delhi government.

Another section led by Roopinder Dhaliwal, who is 'central observer' of the party, sent emails to journalists saying that for media enquiries regarding Aam Aadmi Party, Chandigarh Unit, Roopinder Dhaliwal, Manjit Singh and Arjun Sheoran be contacted.

It was further "clarified" that no other person is authorised to issue a press release/statement, or make any statement to the media on behalf of Aam Aadmi Party, Chandigarh Unit, till further information. She also added that the official email ID of the AAP Chandigarh unit is aapchandigarh@gmail.com.

Roopinder said over phone: "Gurjusjit is not authorised to say anything on behalf of the party. But as an individual he can say whatever he wants to." Upon not joining the rally organised by Gurjusjit, Dhaliwal said, "The talks were on to sort out the matter in Delhi so we did not go ahead with any dharna, and did not join the one carried out by Gurjusjit." The Delhi dharna has since been lifted.

But Gurjusjit said, "Those who have joined after December 8 (Delhi assembly results) are our juniors, and cannot overrule our statements. We will make sure that the newly inducted members, who have sent their names to be addressed in case of 'media clarity', would not be allowed to rule us. They think we are their slaves.

We are conducting a rally of Chandigarh unit on January 26, and none of them would be allowed to participate in that. We will call a senior leader of the party from Delhi."