Sukhpal Khaira alleges conspiracy to remove him, Punjab AAP co-chief calls it ‘bogus’
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Sukhpal Khaira alleges conspiracy to remove him, Punjab AAP co-chief calls it ‘bogus’

In a video on Facebook, Khaira on Friday, alleged a conspiracy within the party to poison the minds of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, to have him removed from the post of leader of the AAP legislative party in the state assembly.

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2018 09:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Sukhpal Khaira,Punjab AAP,Manish Sisodia
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state unit co-president Dr Balbir Singh.(HT File )

A day after Punjab’s leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged a conspiracy in the party for his removal from the post, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state co-president Dr Balbir Singh on Saturday termed his charge ‘bogus’.

When contacted, Balbir accused the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal of trying to create a rift in the AAP, which is trying to set in order after the party’s 2017 poll debacle. “They are playing a dirty game. We should not fall for it,” he said.

In a video on Facebook on Friday, Khaira alleged a conspiracy against him in the AAP to poison the minds of national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy and party affairs in-charge in Punjab, Manish Sisodia.

Khaira said the state co-president had accused him of taking cash from party workers. “This kind of conspiracy, backstabbing and character assassination is intolerable. He (Balbir) should retract his allegation and apologise or face an inquiry,” he said, citing a party worker’s claim that Balbir made the statement during an interaction with AAP activists.

Khaira said he had informed Sisodia, who promised to get the matter investigated.

Balbir said there was no truth in the conspiracy charge. “I have high regard for him (Khaira). Nothing of the sort happened. The person who is being quoted has made a baseless claim,” he said.

He said his priority was to get the AAP unit in order. “Appointments are being made in blocks, assembly segments and districts. A meeting of 4,000 office-bearers to be addressed by Sisodia, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and Khaira is scheduled on August 13.This has rattled the opposition,” he said.

This is the second flare-up between Khaira and Balbir in a week.

Sixteen party leaders, including district chiefs, had quit on July 15, accusing Balbir of changing officer-bearers arbitrarily. They blamed his decisions for the party’s declining popularity though the state co-president continues unfazed with the restructuring.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 12:48 IST