Jolt for AAP as Ghuggi quits party

Amid the ongoing rift between Arvind Kejriwal and MLA Kapil Mishra of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi unit, another fault line appeared in the AAP's Punjab unit as the party's chief in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira resigned from his post. "I am upset with the way I was removed.I'm resigning from the primary membership with a heavy heart", said Waraich, who is popularly known as comedian Ghuggi.

"Not only MLAs but zone in-charges, senior leaders and volunteers from state were consulted before taking a final call", he quipped.

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Ghuggi resigned from the primary membership of the party, expressing displeasure over the process of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann's appointment as the new state unit chief.

Announcing his resignation at a press conference, Ghuggi said the party has deviated from its principles.

AAP's core leadership has also appointed Sunam legislator Aman Arora co-President in the state and Jagraon legislator Sarabjit Kaur Manuke as head of legislator party in the state. "Now when there were a number of candidates available for appointment as State party chief, you have made a decision to appoint a drunkard who has even been caught in an inebriated condition in the presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji".

"I appealed to Sanjay Singh and other party leaders multiple times that we should request Sucha Singh Chhotepur to comeback to the party but my voice was not heard".

In September 2016, Waraich was made the state convener.

Without naming Kejriwal, Waraich said that the AAP leadership's problems with him had begun when he told them during the election campaign that that there have been have been major complaints against the observers sent from Delhi and they should be recalled.

Asked how he saw Mann as the new state party chief, Ghuggi took a jibe saying "when someone's eyesight is not right and then he is asked to drive a bus then accident will certainly take place". "Why he is raising this issue now", he asked. I had left my career to join the party. Despite of being considered a confidante of Kejriwal, Mann was critical of the party's strategy during the polls, but never went against party convener.

  • Leroy Wright