New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann on Friday resigned as party’s Punjab unit president, following Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia. Taking to twitter, Mann said that he is quitting the party post but his fight against drug mafia will continue.
“I m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an ‘Aam Aadmi’ of Punjab,” the Sangrur MP tweeted today.
Another AAP leader in Punjab, Sukhpal Singh Khaira also expressed his disappointment over Kejriwal’s apology. He said,”All of us in Punjab are saddened to learn how Kejriwal ji has went to apologise to Majithia when state govt’s STF has submitted in High Court that there is strong clinching evidence against him. AAP MLAs will gather and take stock of the situation.”
Earlier on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter and retracted his allegations that former Punjab minister Majithia was involved in drug trade and and tendered an apology. The Delhi CM in his letter wrote,“In the recent past, I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now I’ve learnt that allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues.”
He added that the damage caused “to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends, well-wishers, followers and the loss caused to you is regretted.”
“It is a historical moment for me personally and may be otherwise also where a sitting chief minister has apologised for the remarks he had made,” Bikram Majithia said after Kejriwal’s apology.
In May 2016, Majithia had filed a criminal defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan who had targeted him on the drug issue during Punjab Assembly elections.