Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Gurpreet Ghuggi quits AAP; Bhagwant Mann hits back

Gurpreet Ghuggi quits AAP; Bhagwant Mann hits back

Ghuggi's resignation, which was announced at a press conference in Chandigarh, comes after AAP MLA from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann was appointed as the party's Punjab convener.

Comedian-turned-politician Waraich told the media here that he has resigned from the primary membership of the AAP.

Ghuggi said he was not against the selection of Mann as the Punjab chief, but the manner in which it was done was not correct.

Explaining the reason for his decision to leave the party, Ghuggi said that AAP had deviated from its principles.

As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is dealing with the fallout of suspended Delhi water resources minister Kapil Mishra's serious corruption allegations against party chief Arvind Kejriwal, the party seems to be in trouble once again, and this time in Punjab.

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The BJP had also claimed that a few AAP leaders are in touch with them as well. "I had asked why Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak could not come to Punjab after losing the elections to boost the morale of the workers. I would have been happy, had my party high command called me and said they are under pressure to replace me and wanted someone else in my place, I would have myself given up the post", he said.

Gurpreet Waraich also said that the AAP leadership was miffed with him because be refused to come to Delhi and campaign for the municipal corporation elections in Rajouri Garden. He said he would reach out to those upset with decisions, including his appointment. Sandhu said he wondered why Kejriwal didn't want to bring serious volunteers on the forefront of AAP instead of giving plum post to a person who had courted several controversies for his alleged drinking habit.

"I did not expect him to raise question about the selection process when the party has given him so much", Mann said.

Reacting to Ghuggi's resignation, Khaira said he was saddened with this development as the party had lost a hardworking, clean and popular leader. "I held three rallies for him in his constituency", he said, adding, "In organisations, positions keep changing".

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Guggi from the AAP is a "direct result of the moral degradation" in the party.

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