More trouble for AAP in Punjab as Kanwar Sandhu opposes Harmail Tohra joining


Troubles for Aam Aadmi Party do not seem to end with party leader Kanwar Sandhu today raising objection over Harmail Singh Tohra’s joining the party and describing it as a “hasty decision”.

On his Facebook post, Sandhu, a former journalist wrote, “I wish I had known about Harmail Singh Tohra’s involvement in the unfortunate attack on AAP MP Dr Dharamvir Gandhi in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. I would have opposed his entry”.

“Now this person must publicly apologise for his role in the attack,” he said.

“Besides, he should prove that he is committed to AAP’s strategy before being made a candidate for any polls,” he further said.

Tohra, former SGPC chief and Akali leader late Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s son-in-law, and his wife Kuldeep Kaur Tohra yesterday joined AAP in the presence of party leaders, including Sanjay Singh, Bhagwant Mann, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi.

Interestingly, Sandhu was also present on the occasion.

When contacted, he confirmed about his comments on his Facebook post.

Sandhu, who is a chairman of party’s Punjab Dialogue, urged the party to be “more careful” while inducting people in future.

“Obviously, we need to be more careful in inducting people left and right and broad-base the screening process for the same,” he said in his post.

Notably, Gandhi, who was a AAP candidate from Patiala Lok Sabha seat in 2014, was allegedly attacked by some youths in Patiala.

He was suspended by AAP in 2015 for allegedly involved in “anti-party activities”.

The party is facing considerable rebellion in the state after it decided to remove its Punjab convenor, Sucha Singh Chotepur last week.


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