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Punjab MLA Sukhpal Khaira Quits AAP, Blames Kejriwal For Deviating Party's Ideology

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| January 6 , 2019 , 13:23 IST

Rebel Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira resigned from the primary membership of Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday.

Khaira was suspended in November last year for indulging in "anti-party" activities and continuously attacked the central and state party leadership.

Khaira had reacted on his suspension as "dictatorial". "We will go to the people's court. Unity talks were torpedoed under a conspiracy after announcing five Lok Sabha candidates. It seems it is a planned strategy and conspiracy."

The suspension came nearly three months after Khaira was removed from the post of Leader of Opposition.

In a letter to party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Khaira said the AAP “has totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post the Anna Hazare movement”.

He claimed in his resignation letter, "Unfortunately after joining the party I realised that the hierarchy of AAP was no different from the traditional centralised political parties. The turn of events into the run-up of 2017 Punjab elections further confirmed my belief, that there was no inner party democracy."

"If you remember I had strongly objected to the distribution of tickets for the Punjab assembly, as we had received reports of money exchange, favouritism and nepotism. You also failed to understand the psyche of Punjabi’s due to your overconfidence. You only listened to the two “Subedars” you had appointed to run Punjab and never bothered about the sentiments of AAP volunteers on the ground," he claimed in his resignation letter," he added.

The move comes amid ahead as earlier Sukhpal Khaira had announced to float a new political outfit for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and assembly elections.

He also said that despite the party's loss in the state elections, the AAP leadership never bothered to hold any person accountable for the 'shameful' defeat.

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Khaira recently announced the formation of the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA), a political front which they described as a tool for taking on the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress in the state.

Khaira was leading a group of eight dissident legislators who had revolted against the party after he was removed from the post of the Leader of Opposition in July.