Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Majithia over drugs charge

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Kejriwal's apology to SAD leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in drugs trade pushed AAP's state unit into a crisis as its Punjab unit president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora resigned from their posts yesterday.

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal had on Thursday tendered an apology for levelling charges of involvement in drugs trade against former Punjab minister Majithia.

AAP's partner in Punjab, Lok Insaf Party (LIP), has also broken its ties with the party.

He claimed that Kejriwal's apology only established the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal had a secret understanding to divide the anti-incumbency votes against the Akalis. "Therefore, before taking any political decision, it is obligatory for us to get the view of party volunteers and supporters".

Senior AAP leader H S Phoolka today asked party legislators in Punjab to seek "autonomy" for the state unit rather than forming a separate party "in the best interest" of the state, a day after majority of AAP MLAs contemplated a split.

Kanwar Sandhu said, "We also decided that future meetings with our leadership from Delhi be held in Chandigarh".

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Refusing to comment on the apology tendered by Mr Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh said: "I stand by whatever I have said in the past and irrespective of whatever is being said here and there". By apologizing, Kejriwal has defrauded Punjabis.

The state leadership had said the "meek surrender" was painful and very unfortunate.

To a question, he said that some party MLAs did not attend the second round of meeting due to some preoccupation, but they are standing by the decisions taken in the meeting.

The two parties had contested the Punjab Assembly elections in 2017 together. "I said we are fighting a war against drugs.".

"For the first time a Chief Minister in written has admitted that "I am a false Chief Minister", the posters read.

No government can function in isolation but Mr Kejriwal had completely isolated himself, said the Chief Minister, adding that AAP had completely lost ground in all states.

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