AAP Punjab chief Bhagwant Mann resigns

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Backlash Of Kejriwal's Apology To Majithia: Bhagwant Mann Resigns, AAP Punjab Unit Enraged

As per the media reports the Aam Adami Party's (AAP) Punjab unit chief Bhagwant Mann has resigned from his post. "I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise", Kejriwal, in a letter sent to Majithia and furnished in the court, said.

Kejriwal had on Thursday apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in the drug trade, saying he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.

While AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that the decision was taken to "amicably sort out" the ongoing court cases so that Kejriwal may be able to focus on party activity, as these were "taking a toll on the already strained resources of the party and individuals", the party's Punjab leaders were taken aback by this sudden change of heart.

"We're appalled n stunned by the apology of @arvindkejriwal tendered today, we don't hesitate to admit that we haven't been consulted on this meek surrender by a leader of his stature", leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira said on Twitter.

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"Today AAP has been murdered in Punjab by Kejriwal", Sidhu told reporters here. "Our fight for Punjab continues", writes a local lawmaker Kanwar Sandhu.

Drugs have emerged as one of the most emotive issues in Punjab, reeling under a crippling addiction epidemic that is said to have hit the youth particularly hard. Kejriwal had accused the Prakash Singh Badal government, especially Majithia, of patronising drug mafia and criminals. These statements became a political issue. The AAP's onslaught against Majithia continued after the elections, with the party criticising the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government for going "soft" on Majithia. In his apology, Kejriwal said he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.

AAP leaders in New Delhi, however, said the move was to shed court cases, in which the party convenor finds himself mired, and hinted that a similar course could be adopted in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. "AAP MLAs will gather and take stock of the situation".

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