Top AAP leaders quit over Kejriwal's apology

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It is precisely because of AAP's large claims about tackling corruption and its invective against certain politicians in particular, and politics-as-usual as a whole, that Kejriwal's retraction reeks of submission, even to members of his own party. One among these was whether we should split from the Delhi unit and form a separate unit or should we continue like this.

"I will withdraw the case, which I had filed for what is right and for my own and my family's honour", he had said.

Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Kejriwal's apology amounted to "murder of AAP in Punjab".

He said the apology not only reflected the Aam Aadmi Party national convenor's political inexperience but also appeared to be a desperate attempt to reduce the burden of defamation cases against him before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. These cases have affected his ability to perform as chief minister and party convener, it added. "All political parties should leave politics over sealing", Kejriwal said. "He has done nothing to stop it", Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

Also, a loan taken earlier has not been paid back by the corporation, they said. "Why hasn't he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?"

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Giving his views for the first time after party chief Arvind Kejriwal's apology to former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia which pushed the state unit into a crisis, the former leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly and MLA from Dakha suggested that the state unit should function like a regional party with total independence on state matters.

Sanjay Singh, who is MP of AAP said that people like Majithia should be sent to jail and commented over Kejriwal's apology saying that he has left many people "unhappy". They later said they did not get any satisfactory reply from him on his apology for the drug mafia remarks.

Bains also called Kejriwal a "traitor", alleging that he "betrayed" Punjabis by tendering an apology. This shows that he has become weak and also raises questions on his talks with Akali Dal.

"Kejriwal seemed to have apologised to Majithia over drug charges possibly to prepare for next year's polls".

His remarks came soon after Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann resigned as the AAP's Punjab chief and Aman Arora resigned as co-president.

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