Days after HS Phoolka left Aam Aadmi Party, another AAP legislator from Punjab, Sukhpal Khaira, has followed the suit resigning from the primary membership of the party. In his letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Khaira said that the AAP had ‘totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post Anna Hazare movement.’
“We will go to the people’s court. Unity talks were torpedoed under a conspiracy after announcing five Lok Sabha candidates. It seems it is a planned strategy and conspiracy,” Khaira was quoted by News18.
The relationship between Khaira and the AAP leadership had taken a turn for the worse last year when the former raised his objections on Kejriwal’s apology to former state minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
Alleging that they were never consulted by Kejriwal before he issued an extraordinary apology, Khaira had said, “I fail to understand the timing of Kejrewal’ apology when STF (Special Task Force) of Punjab has stated to the High Court today that there’s substantial evidence to proceed against Bikram Majitha on the issue of drugs.”
He was later removed as the leader of Opposition.
Last week, Phoolka quit the AAP after meeting Kejriwal. He said that Kejriwal had tried to stop him from leaving the party, but he had made up his mind. He had said on Twitter, “I have resigned from AAP & handed over resignation to Kejriwal ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted. Will be briefing media tomorrow at 4pm at Press Club, Raisina Rd, New Delhi to explain the Reason of leaving AAP & my further plans.”
A day later, he told reporters that converting an anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong.