Kejriwal's Apology Fallout: Before Splitting AAP & LIP 'Chargesheet' Against Punjab Govt

Ivan Schwartz
March 18, 2018

Rajouri Garden MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa took a dig at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for making false allegations of drug trade against him.

The defamation suit pertains to statements made on three occasions - the Maghi rally on January 14, 2016 addressed by AAP leaders, including Kejriwal; street-corner meetings by Kejriwal in Amritsar on February 27, 2016 and a press conference at the Chandigarh press club by Khetan and Sanjay Singh on March 30, 2016, in which allegations about Majithia's involvement in the drug trade were levelled.

In a further jolt, the Lok Insaf Party (LIP), AAP's ally in the state, announced to break its alliance with the party in the wake of Kejriwal's apology. The Aam Aadmi Party is the main Opposition party in the state with 20 legislators, and the Lok Insaf Party has two. "Therefore we ended alliance with AAP", he said. Jakhar continued the attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener saying that it was a conspiracy formulated by AAP and Shiromani Akali Dal to carve up a divide in the anti-incumbency votes against the Akali Dal.

Other than Kejriwal and Majithia, leaders of both parties met at least four times, he said. "Because he was the man who used to say he will get Majithia arrested.", Sidhu told reporters here.

"In best interest of Punjab, my suggestion to Punjab AAP MLAs- demand autonomy, not a separate party". With what face will they speak against drugs in Punjab now?

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"Kejriwal was leading the charge... in such circumstances, Kejriwal's apology was painful, very unfortunate".

Seeking to control the damage, AAP's Punjab in-charge Manish Sisodia said the party leadership will talk to state leaders to solve the issue. "I said we are fighting a war against drugs.".

No government can function in isolation but Mr Kejriwal had completely isolated himself, said the Chief Minister, adding that AAP had completely lost ground in all states.

Former chief minister and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal said by tendering apology, Kejriwal has admitted that he had made false accusation against the Akali leader.

Other reports by GizPress

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