Split in AAP Punjab ahead of polls

“The fact three of four AAP MPs in Punjab have raised their voice against party chief Arvind Kejriwal, gives a clear signal that the party in staring at a major split ahead of polls.”

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Disgruntled AAP MPs (L-R), Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, Harinder Singh Khalsa, Prof. Sadhu Singh

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is confident of a clean sweep in Punjab and claims to get at least 100 seats out of 117 in forthcoming assembly polls in Punjab. But in stark contrast to their claims, the internal rift within the party never refuses to die down. Three of the party MPs have already revolted against party high command and dictatorship style functioning of Arvind Kejriwal.

The three MPs – Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi (Patiala), Harinder Singh Khalsa (Fatehgarh) and Prof Sadhu Singh (Faridkot) have been vociferous in raising their voice against party high command and have also demanded that expelled leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan be brought back.

Kejriwal branded as “Dictator”

Patiala MP Dr Dharamvir Gandhi went on record hitting out at Kejriwal and termed him a “dictator” and further said that AAP was no different from Mayawati’s and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parties.

 Gandhi added further that Kejriwal is trying to lord over the party from Delhi like a viceroy.

 Dictatorship was Kejriwal’s trademark and testimony to saddening state of affairs, is the fact that elected members of parliament are not even allowed to appoint their own staff.

No leader but all CM faces

AAP relies heavily on rhetoric and lacks substance. In absence of any credible leadership, Punjab unit of AAP is in complete state of mess. Besides lacking organizational structure, AAP in Punjab doesn’t have a blueprint in place. With no base and leadership in state, every leader of AAP is aspiring to be next chief minster of Punjab.

In historical context Punjabis have always been peace-loving people but they never tolerate curtaining of their autonomy. By trying to remote control state from Delhi, he is digging his own grave in state. Countless volunteers and many sincere leaders have worked hard to raise Kejriwal to high pedestal but if he continues his anarchic approach then they can also dust him to ground.  

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