The state-level meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Thursday was more of a show of strength against Patiala member of Parliament (MP) Dharamvira Gandhi by his rivals in the party.
Though the local MP and his Fatehgarh Sahib counterpart Harinder Singh Khalsa did not attend the meeting, AAP’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann’s presence is being seen as his approval to the recent restructuring of the party in the state. Both Gandhi and Khalsa had accused the party leadership of behaving in an arbitrary manner. They had also demanded resignation of the party’s political affairs incharge Sanjay Singh for Punjab and state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur. While Gandhi’s photo was missing from the party banners, a large number of party workers were seen holding posters against him at the venue.
When asked about a “revolt” in the party, Chhotepur said: “May God give some brain to these MPs. Why don’t they think that they are not above the party? It was AAP which gave them name and fame and instead of involving in antiparty activities, they should work to uplift the organisation.”
Refuting claims that they were ignored by the party, Chhotepur said all MPs were taken into confidence before taking a final decision on restructuring the state unit.
However, Bhagwant Mann avoided targeting Gandhi saying it was his personal viewpoint against the party and its leaders and he had nothing to do with it. “All four party MPs from the state will discuss the newly formed structure of the state unit. The grievances, if any, will be taken up by the party’s national political affairs committee,” said Mann. Without naming Gandhi, party’s Patiala zone convener Balbir Singh said the party didn’t need negative people. Meanwhile, Gandhi said he would not attend any meeting convened by Chhotepur and his coterie. “I am committed to my work and principles and will continue to work for the development of my constituency. I have nothing to do with such meetings,” he said.