Arvind Kejriwal has ‘murdered’ AAP in Punjab, says Navjot Singh Sidhu
The Delhi chief minister had on Thursday apologised to Majithia for accusing him of being involved in the drug trade in Punjab, saying he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.punjab Updated: Mar 16, 2018 17:31 IST
Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal had “murdered” his party in the state by apologising to Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
The Delhi chief minister had on Thursday apologised to Majithia for accusing him of being involved in the drug trade in Punjab, saying he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded. “Today AAP has been murdered in Punjab by Kejriwal,” Sidhu told reporters. Kejriwal’s apology also drew flak from his party’s leaders and MLAs in Punjab, who said they were “stunned” by the move and “disappointed” as he had not kept them in the “loop”.
“His statement finishes the existence of AAP in Punjab. It is as if their existence has been wiped out today. Why? Because he was the man who used to say he will get Majithia arrested...,” the Punjab local bodies minister said.
“Kejriwal has betrayed the people. How will AAP leaders now speak against drugs when their own leader has meekly surrendered,” Sidhu said.
“This is a psychological death of the party. Kejriwal has decimated the AAP in Punjab,” Sidhu claimed. “Initially, he tried to run the party (in Punjab) from Delhi through remote control. Today, he is a helpless gambler,” he alleged.
AAP practices cheap politics, says Harsimrat
Union minister of food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday accused AAP of spreading false propaganda. This response from the Union minister comes a day after Kejriwal issued an apology to Majithia for his “drug trade” remarks. Harsimrat further averred AAP had built their entire election campaign in Punjab around lies.
“This exposes cheap politics by AAP, they spread false propaganda. They build their entire election campaign (in Punjab) on a lie, good that he has accepted his lies,” Harsimrat Kaur Badal told ANI.
‘He is a liar’
The BJP Delhi unit also launched a scathing attack on Friday, saying Kejriwal has exposed himself as a “liar”.
BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.
In a press conference, BJP Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari said: “ What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar.”
“He is on his way to apologise to Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader further added.
Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.
Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.
BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the CM to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee overseeing the drive.
(The story has been updated)
First Published: Mar 16, 2018 14:21 IST