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Punjab: AAP MLA, Baldev Singh Resigns From Party's Primary Membership, Slams Arvind Kejriwal

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| January 16 , 2019 , 13:57 IST

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Punjab, Baldev Singh, on Wednesday resigned from the party's primary membership, slammed its leadership of "giving up its basic ideology and principles" and party's President Arvind Kejriwal of being "dictatorial and arrogant".  

Baldev Singh, who was the sitting AAP MLA from the Jaito Assembly seat, sent his resignation to AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.

He was the second MLA to quit the party after Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira - another AAP rebel who resigned on January 6.

According to media reports the AAP MLA wrote in his resignation letter, "I am pained to forward my resignation from the primary membership of AAP because the party has completely given up its basic ideology and principles."

"As a result of your dictatorial, arrogant and autocratic style of functioning, pioneers of AAP like Parashant Bhushan, Yogender Yadav, Medha Patikar, Kiran Bedi, Dr. Gandhi, H S Khalsa, Sucha Singh Chottepur, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh, H S Phoolka etc. have all left the party or have been thrown out in a humiliating manner," he alleged.

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Further, Baldev Singh added, "Therefore, keeping these saddening developments and circumstances in mind... I have decided to quit as a primary member of the AAP."

Baldev Singh, along with other MLAs, had sided with Khaira after he was removed as Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly last year by the AAP. He had even attended the launch ceremony of Khaira's political outfit Punjabi Ekta Party.

He said he was shocked that the AAP removed Khaira as LoP and gave the charge to Harpal Singh Cheema.