Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

AAP sacks senior leader Upkar Sandhu

AAP sacks senior leader Upkar Sandhu

Miffed over appointing Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the Punjab unit president of AAP, party's last Lok Sabha byelection candidate from Amritsar Upkar Singh Sandhu has made a decision to end his political career and start social service at his own level. Prominent Congress leader and MLA from Amritsar (West) Dr Rajkumar Verka whom former AAP Punjab convenor Gurpreet Singh Ghutti met before resigning told India Today that Congress party will welcome any leader who supports its policies.

Ghuggi had contested February-March Assembly election in Punjab from Batala seat but stood third in the contest.

Mr Mann was appointed as the chief of AAP's Punjab unit on May 8 at a meeting of the AAP Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Announcing his resignation at a press conference, Mr Ghuggi said the party has deviated from its principles.

He lashed out at AAP national leaders for not taking Punjab leaders into confidence while taking major decisions.

Party's Chief Whip and MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira had resigned from the post on Sunday. "How can they have a condition "don't drink now", because that itself implies he is a drunk", said Mr Ghuggi. He too was allegedly upset over Mr. Mann's appointment to the top post in the State.

"But they chose such a person, who was recently in the news as per which he had torn AAP posters outside his house.In this backdrop, there was no need to make the appointment in a hurry because the feeling which one gets is that somebody was putting pressure", he said. He said that majority of them recommended name of Bhagwant Mann for this post. "None of the party volunteer had expressed resentment, but a few leaders, especially those who had vested interests", he maintained.

Ghuggi, however, didn't rule out the possibility of joining another political party. I used to defend for his drinking habit. Internal sources revealed that Bhagwant Mann's drinking problem had kept party's senior leadership from granting him the role, however, Mann has been asked to go through rehabilitation.

It is hard for me to work under such leader about whom the party itself thinks that if he continues with his drinking habit he will be removed, Ghuggi said.

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