Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak quit as Punjab party in-charge and co-incharge on Thursday. The move came a day after the party faced a rout in the Delhi civic elections and its Punjab unit gunning for them.
Here are five controversies that dogged the duo’s stint in Punjab.
•The sting operation against Aam Aadmi Party Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chottepur showing him allegedly taking bribe for an assembly ticket. NRI supporters termed the sting a political ambush stage-managed by the duo, five months before the state was going to the polls. This was said to be the beginning of the party’s downfall in Punjab.
•Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak faced charges of taking money to allot tickets to candidates for the Punjab assembly elections.
•AAP got the ‘outsiders’ tag as all important roles in the party were assigned to them in Punjab. Their dominance drew criticism both within and outside the party.
•The duo was accused of discriminating against volunteers and leaders of Punjab, leading to discontent in the party unit.
•Video recorded on the evening of February 4, polling day, went viral showing Sanjay Singh ridiculing state leaders HS Phoolka and Bhagwant Mann. This did not go down well with the Punjab leaders.