After criticising Kejriwal, Khaira says 20 Punjab AAP MLAs united, won’t shift loyalties
Addressing a press conference in Jalandhar, Khaira asked BJP and congress leaders to come forward and show the evidence that AAP MLAs are leaving their party.punjab Updated: May 11, 2017 19:42 IST
Amid reports that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators in Punjab are keen on joining other parties, Bholath MLA and former AAP chief whip in assembly Sukhpal Khaira on Thursday said such claims were a ploy by rivals to divide the party.
Addressing a press conference here, Khaira asked BJP and Congress leaders to come forward and share evidence of AAP MLAs approaching them. “It’s a false propaganda of the BJP and the Congress. All 20 AAP MLAs in the state are united and will work to strengthen the party,” he said.
Khaira’s clarification comes three days after he quit the post of AAP chief whip in the assembly to protest the appointment of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the state unit chief. Khaira had also criticised AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal by making the appointment without consulting the state leadership.
On Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ quitting the party following his removal as state convener, Khaira said, “It’s an unfortunate development. Ghuggi worked hard for the party during the recent elections.”
He said the party leadership should have considered the views of non-resident Indian (NRI) supporters, who blame Mann for the poll debacle. A section of NRIs had written to Kejriwal against appointing Mann as the Punjab unit chief.
Khaira also said that AAP is not in a position to win Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll and upcoming MC elections. “If AAP wants to regain its popularity in Punjab, it should return to its principles.”
MEETING WITH PRASHANT KISHOR
To a question, Khaira said that just before the assembly elections, he had met Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor in a meeting arranged by his friend. He claimed Kishor offered him cabinet minister’s portfolio if he joined the Congress but he declined the offer.
First Published: May 11, 2017 14:00 IST