Kejriwal apology row: Sirsa brings out posters against CM

Javier Stokes
March 18, 2018

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Saturday said he would contest the defamation case filed by former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia against him even as Delhi Chief Minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal has apologised for alleging that the Akali Dal leader was involved in the drug trade.

Shortly after breaking the alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party, LIP chief and local MLA Simarjit Singh Bains reportedly said former minister Bikram Majithia should be arrested on the basis of evidence submitted by the Special Task Force (STF).

Sources said a group of AAP legislators, besides alliance partner LIP's Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, pushed the idea for a separate political entity but the plan hit a roadblock when a section of MLAs insisting that they should not rush into it.

"Therefore, decision on this has been deferred for the time being", AAP senior leader from the state and MLA Kanwar Sandhu had said yesterday. The latest trouble is that one of its allies in Punjab broke ties with the Aam Aadmi Party and 15 MLAs may also quit the APP party.

"Arvind Kejriwal has deceived Punjabis by tendering an apology to Majithia".

On LIP breaking ties with the AAP, Sandhu said, "They too are upset with Kejriwal's decision and said they can not support him anymore, but they have assured their continued support to the state unit to raise the issues concerning people of Punjab". All the three secured bail and offered to face trial, stating they stood by the allegations made by them.

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

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira also said that he would not go to Delhi to attend the meeting.

Khaira said that he was getting numerous messages from volunteers and that he wanted to ensure them that whatever decision is taken, would be in the interest of Punjab.

"We fight for the people on streets".

Attacking the Chief Minister on the issue, Mr Sirsa posted posters bearing Mr Kejriwal's photo across the city.

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