Bhagwant Mann resigns after Kejriwal apologises to Majithia

Bhagwant Mann resigns after Kejriwal apologises to Majithia

Sidhu's statement came after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the "drug trade". "I will not retract from my stated stand". If they quit the party, it will be one of the major setbacks for AAP's Punjab unit as its state president Bhagwant Mann already announced his resignation from the president position on Twitter.

"I will not comment on this".

The 45-year-old also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "subverting democracy" and "undermining parliamentary procedures".

"I hereby withdrew all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same", he added and reportedly furnished a copy of the apology to the court.

In a further jolt, the Lok Insaf Party (LIP), the AAP's ally in the state, had also snapped ties with the party in the wake of Kejriwal's apology. Since the AAP leader had "tendered his apology", he did not want to pursue the defamation case filed against him, Majithia said.In his apology to Majithia, the Delhi Chief Minister said that he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.

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"I'm resigning as the president of AAP Punjab".

A two-round marathon meeting was held yesterday by the Punjab unit of AAP here in which a resolution on splitting from the Delhi unit and forming a separate unit was discussed, though a final decision was deferred. Discussion took place on what should be our next course of action, what is the next option for us.

Senior AAP leader H S Phoolka today asked party legislators in Punjab to seek "autonomy" for the state unit rather than forming a separate party "in the best interest" of the state, a day after majority of AAP MLAs contemplated a split. With what face will they speak against drugs in Punjab now?

No government can function in isolation but Mr Kejriwal had completely isolated himself, said the Chief Minister, adding that AAP had completely lost ground in all states.

His "meek surrender" had drawn flak from AAP's Punjab unit leaders who termed Kejriwal's step a "letdown".

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