The turmoil in the Punjab Unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after the expulsion of senior leader Dr Daljit Singh by the party’s central leadership has left many party members worried who fear a disaster in the upcoming assembly elections in 2017.
Moreover, Dr Singh’s expulsion has left his loyalists angry, who are considering the move fatal for the party and disappointing for other sincere members. A large numbers of AAP members met in Pathankot on Wednesday and pledged their support to Dr Singh.
The members claimed that it seemed that eastern men, including Punjab in charge of AAP Sanjay Singh, were “acting like a dictator and everything was going as per their will”.
The members were also unhappy with the functioning style of Sucha Singh Chhotepur. They claimed that Chhotepur had inducted those people who were shunted out by disciplinary committee member Dr Singh on the basis of their report card.
Naresh Kumar, member, Punjab Working Committee, claimed that Dr Singh had shunted out many people whose feedback was not good, but people loyal to Chhotepur were re-inducted by Sanjay Singh.
He claimed that Sanjay Singh expelled Dr Singh, who had done huge work for the party, but did not go down well with party workers.
Dr Singh told Hindustan Times that “Sanjay had made the party a corporate house”, and now the party seemed little bothered about the people, and persons like Sanjay Singh were interested in themselves and their “yes man”.
Dr Singh said Chhotepur had made a parallel body that was enough to split the party into two, which would be a blessing for the SAD-BJP and the Congress in the assembly elections.
“They are acting like dictator in the party, which was formed with an aim to serve the people. But that spirit had gone, and it seems now that self is ahead of the party,” he said.
“They must not consider Punjab like Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, where any leader turns a dictator. This is Punjab and Punjabi’s understand the difference between good and bad,” concluded Dr Singh.