Kejriwal apology row: Sirsa brings out posters against CM

Gladys Abbott
March 18, 2018

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday dismissed AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia as an antic that not only reflected the Delhi Chief Minister's political inexperience but also appeared to be a desperate attempt to reduce the burden of defamation cases against him before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Calling off the alliance, the Lok Insaf Party said Kejriwal was a "traitor" and "fraudster" who had "betrayed" Punjabis by issuing the apology, PTI reported. Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar slammed the Delhi CM for his haphazard decision and said the Kejriwal owes an apology to the people of Punjab for "not only misleading them but also cheating them".

"I will not comment on this". "Arvind Kejriwal' apology to Bikram Majithia in the defamation case on drugs is a let down to the people, especially the youth of Punjab".

The 45-year-old also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "subverting democracy" and "undermining parliamentary procedures". Kejriwal and Khetan apologised for their allegations on Thursday.

"I'm resigning as the president of AAP Punjab".

A two-round marathon meeting was held by the Punjab unit of AAP here in which a resolution on splitting from the Delhi unit and forming a separate unit was discussed, though a final decision was deferred.

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He claimed that Kejriwal's apology only established the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal had a secret understanding to divide the anti-incumbency votes against the Akalis. Discussion took place on what should be our next course of action, what is the next option for us. All the three secured bail and offered to face trial, stating they stood by the allegations made by them.

On LIP breaking ties with the AAP, Sandhu said, "They too are upset with Kejriwal's decision and said they can not support him anymore, but they have assured their continued support to the state unit to raise the issues concerning people of Punjab".

Singh, a close aide of Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, called their apology "unfortunate".

Notably, senior AAP leader H S Phoolka today asked state legislators to seek "autonomy" rather than going for a separate party "in the best interest of Punjab".

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