Another AAP MLA from Punjab has quit the party while launching a tirade against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Master Baldev Singh, who won the assembly polls in 2017 from Jaito constituency, resigned from the primary membership of AAP.
A close friend of Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who left the AAP earlier this month, Singh accused Kejriwal of being ‘dictatorial, arrogant and autocratic.’ In his resignation letter sent to Kejriwal, Singh also said that he was ‘deeply shocked’ when Aam Aadmi Party ‘unceremoniously and undemocratically removed an honest Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the post of LoP, without taking Punjab MLA’s into confidence.’
He also poked fun at Kejriwal’s apology to the drug-taintyed former Akali Dal minister Bikram Singh Majithia. Addressing Kejriwal, he said, “Your meek apology to the drug tainted former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia further revealed your double standards in politics.”
Earlier this month, Khaira had left his party alleging that the AAP had ‘totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post Anna Hazare movement.’ 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.”
Earlier, HS Phoolka too had 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. A day later, he had told reporters that converting an anti-corruption movement into political party in 2012 was wrong.
The latest resignation by Singh from the AAP comes just four days before Kejriwal is sceduled to visit Punjab to address his first election rally ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.