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AAP's Punjab unit in shambles

AAP's Punjab unit in shambles

Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28

It has taken only five years for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to wither away. After party’s Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi launched his outfit, Nawan Punjab Party, and became a part of Punjab Democratic Alliance to seek re-election from Patiala, Harinder Singh Khalsa joined the BJP on Thursday. AAP had recently announced Baljinder Singh Chaunda as  its Fatehgarh Sahib candidate, indicating  there would be no truce with the dissident MP.

Gandhi and Khalsa (among four AAP MPs elected in 2014) had rebelled against the party within a year. They were suspended, but no further action was initiated against them. The AAP leadership’s efforts to forge an alliance with the BSP and with Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) have failed and a poll pact with the Congress is still uncertain. Hit by rebellion and without an ally, the party’s electoral prospects do not seem too bright, but for Sangrur where state president Bhagwant Mann is in fray.

The party has also seen three MLAs resigning and five revolting. Former Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira has launched his own Punjabi Ekta Party. He has the backing of five party MLAs though they have not joined his party. Dakha MLA HS Phoolka too has quit. This leaves AAP with 12  MLAs loyal to the party. 

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