None of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders from Punjab will attend the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday in New Delhi. The PAC is party’s highest decision-making body.
State unit convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’, and MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh are PAC members. Mann, who is out of the country, had last week blamed the top leadership for the party’s disappointing show in Punjab.
After the Punjab polls, this is the first PAC meeting, and Punjab’s issues are expected to crop up, especially when the party’s senior leadership is facing flak. Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak, who were in charge of Punjab AAP, resigned from their posts last week.
Ghuggi told HT, “I am not going because this is not a state-specific meeting.” Sadhu Singh said, “Neither am I invited nor am I going. In case they want my views, they can contact me over teleconference.”
Some party leaders commented, on the condition of anonymity, that Sadhu Singh is a “non-entity” and in the past, too, used to remain silent at the PAC meetings.
However, a a senior party leader said, “After Delhi, Punjab has the highest number of elected representative of the AAP in Parliament and state assembly. State leaders should attend the PAC meet to discuss issue concerning the state.”
Top leadership of the party promised introspection on Punjab’s loss, and state leaders even demanded more action after removal of Sanjay and Durgesh. Party sources revealed that the party might discuss the appointment of new state in-charge in place of Sanjay.