Will AAP split in Punjab?
Aam Aadmi Party, within 2 years, has seen meteorological rise in popularity, riding on the earthy appeal of Arvind Kejriwal promises. During 2014 Lok Sabha election, the party won 4 seats, all of them in Punjab. Later Arvind Kejriwal rode to an unprecedented victory in Delhi Assembly elections, winning all but 3 of the total 70 seats in 2015. Naturally, AAP is hoping to win, if not totally sweep, the Punjab elections in early 2017.
Six of AAP’s 12 zonal heads in Punjab have issued an ultimatum to Delhi Chief Minister and AAP boss Mr Kejriwal that Mr Chhotepur must be reinstated. They have also sought the removal of two top leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak from AAP’s Punjab affairs.
It was the release of a “youth manifesto” earlier this month that brought the deep differences between Mr Chhotepur and Mr Kejriwal to the fore. Mr Chhotepur alleges that he was kept in the dark about that manifesto and then was asked to “lie in public by Mr Kejriwal,” that he knew about it.
As AAP was deciding on his fate in Delhi on Friday, Mr Chhotepur alleged at a press conference that he has been penalised by the party because he refused to lie as he is “a true Sikh.”