Punjab MLA Sukhpal Khaira on Sunday resigned from the primary membership of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In a letter addressed to party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Khaira said the AAP “has totally deviated from is founding principles and ideology on which it was formed post the Anna Hazare movement”.
He said, “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.”
He further said, “Your meek apology to the drug tainted former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia further revealed your double standards in politics. Your duplicity on the vital issue of Punjab river waters also puts you on the same pedestal of cunning leaders of India. You have blatantly gone back on the most important promise of Swaraj, by centralising all powers with yourself.
His resignation came days after senior advocate HS Phoolka resigned from the AAP.
Khaira was suspended from the party in November last year for breaching party discipline and indulging in anti-party activities.