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Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit is also a divided house; Warring groups announce separate meets

April 6, 2015 | By

Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit is now a divided house, where warring groups are gearing up for show of strength. The Aam Aadmi Party seems to be heading for a split after Arvind Kejriwal’s camp ousted AAP’s founding members Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and others, their supporters and sympathisers.

‘A show of strength between two warring groups of the Aam Aadmi Party, one supporting Arvind Kejriwal and another Yogendra Yadav, is all set to take place in the state over the next two days’, notes The Tribune (TT).

Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi (R) with Bhagwant Mann (L) and Harwinder Singh Phoolka (C) [File Photo]

Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi (R) with Bhagwant Mann (L) and Harwinder Singh Phoolka (C) [File Photo]

With only four MPs from the state representing the party in Indian Parliament, much is at stake for the party in Punjab. Both groups are organising separate meetings on Monday and Tuesday in Mohali and Chandigarh to showcase their support.

All workers who have spoken against the way Yogendra Yadav and others were shown the door are geared up to make their meeting a success.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur told The Tribune (TT) that the aim of the meeting was to take feedback from district heads and other leaders on expansion of the party. The four party MPs, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi from Patiala, Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib, Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur and Prof Sadhu Singh from Faridkot, would be special invitees.

“There can be difference of opinions but indiscipline can’t be tolerated. We have not expelled anyone. We have just issued show-cause notices. No action would be taken if their reply is found satisfactory,” he reportedly said.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party continues to oust dissidents from the party, while putting others under notice or suspension. The party recently ousted Jyoti Mann who was party candidate for Lok Sabha from Jalandhar seat, while Bhai Baldeep Singh who had contested LS poll from Khadoor Sahib constituency on AAP ticket was put under suspension.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) yesterday issued show-cause notices to two more of its activists in Punjab. Among them are HS Kingra, state organising committee member from Faridkot, and a volunteer, Colonel JS Gill (retd), from Ludhiana.


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