Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Hardip Singh Kingra, who quit the party on Monday, said Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann had asked him to resign at a meeting in Chandigarh in April.
Kingra said: “At the meeting in Chandigarh, which was attended by party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, Bhagwant Mann, Sukhpal Khaira and others, I questioned the credentials of the people joining the AAP.”
“While Sanjay Singh kept his cool, Mann said why don’t you resign from the party if you have any issues? However, Sanjay Singh told me not to do so.”
Kingra alleged that after the meeting, the state party leadership started ignoring him. “Earlier, I used to represent the party in TV debates, but after the meeting, I was sidelined,” he said.
Kingra alleged that AAP leaders from Delhi were running the show in Punjab and the grassroots-level workers in the state were being ignored.
“The centralisation of power is harmful in a federal political structure,” he added.
The former AAP leader said he would decide his plan of action after consulting his supporters.
Meanwhile, vice-president of the party’s SC cell in Punjab Lal Singh Sulhani said he had also resigned from the party.
The AAP is having a tough time in Kotkapura too as joint secretary of the party’s labour wing Surinder Kumar Dwivedi said he would not support AAP candidate Kultar Singh Sandhwa.
He claimed that six circle incharges out of eight were against Sandhwa.
However, circle in-charges BS Bara, Amarjeet Singh and Gurmeet Singh said that they will support Sandhwa and Dwivedi was creating trouble as he wanted to contest the elections.