On Friday, AAP’s big leader Bhagwant Mann resigned as the party’s Punjab unit president, a day following Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former Akali Dal minister Bikram Majithia for leveling “unfounded allegations” of his involvement in drug trade last year.
“I m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab …but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an “Aam Aadmi “ of Punjab (sic),” Mann tweeted, who is the AAP’s member of Parliament from Sangrur. The Delhi CM Kejriwal wrote to Majithia that he will withdraw all the statements and allegations made against him and also offered an apology, saying the accusations were unfounded. Kejriwal had accused Majithia, who was a powerful minister in the state government, of being involved in drugs trade while campaigning for the high-octane Punjab assembly elections last year when the AAP made drug abuse as a main issue in the polls.
Akali Dal’s Majithia announced that he has decided to withdraw the case against Kejriwal and another AAP leader Ashish Khetan keeping in mind of the apology. Kejriwal’s apology drew flak response from party’s Punjab unit leaders who labeled it a “meek surrender”. The leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira said on Twitter that “We’re appalled n stunned by the apology of @arvindkejriwal tendered today, we don’t hesitate to admit that we haven’t been consulted on this meek surrender by a leader of his stature”. The AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu also tweeted that the apology was a disappointment to the people, especially the youth of Punjab. “We in Punjab have not been taken into loop. Our fight for Punjab continues,” Sandhu said.
AAP co-president Aman Arora said that he was shocked and disappointed to distinguish about the apology offered by Kejriwal. “I still believe drugs would not have taken so many young lives had the previous government not patronised drug mafia. Our fight against drugs continues,” Arora tweeted.