dglobalnews.com AAP expels senior leader Upkar Sandhu
Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

AAP expels senior leader Upkar Sandhu

AAP expels senior leader Upkar Sandhu

Waraich has resigned from the primary membership of the party, expressing displeasure over the process of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann's appointment as the new state unit chief.

Waraich was made the AAP's Punjab convenor in September a year ago. "One needs to have patience", the newly-appointed AAP's Punjab unit chief said, adding he has no greed for any post in the party.

Reacting to the appointment of Bhagwant Mann as state convener, Gurpreet Ghuggi said that at least the party could have told him to resign over telephone.

"It is shameful that AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while appointing Mann as the new chief of the state unit of the party, enjoined him to quit drinking within three months or he will be removed", SAD secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Bholath, Sukhpal Khaira, too threw in his hat in the race for the Convenorship in Punjab.

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Shortly after the decision, AAP spokesperson and the chief whip of the party in the state Assembly, Khaira had asked Kejriwal to remove him from the posts.

Apparently upset over his removal as the convener of the Punjab unit, Waraich said he would soon talk to the media on the issue. He accused the party of adopting a "pick and choose policy" and said inviting AAP members for the election was only a sham. "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.

"They chose to pick and choose amongst the 20 party MLAs and other members and said they had taken a decision to appoint a new convener. His resignation is a direct result of the moral degradation of the AAP", he said.

He alleged that Mr Ghuggi, despite being a star campaigner, did not hold any rally for the party outside his constituency.

At the same time, Bhagwant Mann has expelled Upkar Sandhu (who was the party candidate for Amritsar Lok Sabha by poll) from AAP for anti-party activities. "I had also said that his selection would have helped clear the doubts that the party works for a particular community", he said. The resignation of Khaira was in protest for Mann's selection. Internal sources revealed that Bhagwant Mann's drinking problem had kept party's senior leadership from granting him the role, however, Mann has been asked to go through rehabilitation.

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