Former Punjab AAP convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi announces resignation

Former Punjab AAP convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi announces resignation

Hitting back at Ghuggi, the newly appointed chief of the AAP's state unit said, "He was made the party's state convener within two months of joining".

Raising apprehensions on the re-structuring of the party in Punjab, senior leader Kanwar Sandhu, who is in Canada, had said in a Facebook post on Tuesday: "In my view, instead of rejuvenating and strengthening the Punjab unit of the AAP, the manner of its reorganisation on May 8 [Monday] could end up weakening it".

Speaking to reporters, Ghuggi said he resigned 'With a heavy heart'.

The decision to appoint Bhagwant Mann as the Punjab unit chief was taken at a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee, which was chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence. He said, "For Punjab, Punjabiyat whatever needs to be done, I will do that, but this party has deviated from its principles and it has become hard for me to continue with this party".

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

Summary: Dhaliwal claimed that AAP's centre leadership had adopted a democratic way before finalising the name of Mann.




"Even today, I am ready to perform the job of pasting the party's posters on walls", he said. "Why did he (Ghuggi) not resign earlier", he asked.

Waraich was made the state convener in September 2016, replacing Sucha Singh Chhotepur who was sacked from the post on the charge of allegedly accepting money from a party volunteer.

Speaking to reporters, Ghuggi said "I am upset with the way I was removed".

"I think with election conducted with pick and choose policy, injustice has been done to Punjab and Punjabiyat", Ghuggi said adding that the volunteers were not involved. "I held three rallies for him in his constituency", he said, adding, "In organisations, positions keep changing". He said the AAP leadership in Delhi should give a free hand to whoever was made the convenor.

Ghuggi said that Mann had worked very hard for the party.

But this decision has also come with a warning issued by Arvind Kejriwal to the MP Bhagwant Mann to quit his consistent alcohol consumption habits or he will remove him from the post.

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