Upset with Aam Aadmi Party’s humiliating loss in the recent assembly polls despite their wholehearted support, party’s Punjabi supporters in foreign countries are seeking action against two key leaders of the party. The leaders are party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh and organisation-building head Durgesh Pathak.
The New Jersey (US) chapter of the party has written to AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, seeking their removal from political affairs committee (PAC) and executive body of the party.
“They (Sanjay Singh and Durgesh) ran Punjab not with will of partnership but with discriminating attitude towards the volunteers and local leaders. Their ill-will and unacceptable demeanour has led to demoralisation in the cadre and we reject their leadership. They are unwelcome in Punjab,” the letter says.
Reports say that chapters of AAP in different cities of Canada and USA have written to Kejriwal, asking him to respond by May 9, saying concerns against Sanjay and Durgesh leadership existed even before the elections.
Convener of NRI cell of AAP, Punjab, and spokesman Jagtar Sanghera confirmed that NRIs were in shock and trying to understand the reasons for the loss. “A large number of volunteers from foreign countries called me (on AAP’s poor show). Their anger is justified, because they worked hard. I am taking their reactions positively and will meet them,” he told the Hindustan Times.
He, however, refused to comment on the role of Sanjay and Durgesh.
AAP’s leader of opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, HS Phoolka, did not comment on the matter either. “Whatever the shortcoming were, I will convey my feelings at the party forum,” he told HT.
The NRIs had also been criticising removal of Sucha Singh Chhotepur, calling it as “political ambush”, besides raising suspicion about the management of funds. The communiqué also said online donations were redirected to fund campaigning of party’s favourite candidates.
It should be mentioned here that before Punjab elections, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak had been accused of selling party tickets to those willing to pay hefty amounts.
Khushmeet Kaur Sidhu, the AAP convener in New Zealand, wrote on her Facebook wall, “Two persons led to defeat in Punjab, one led to defeat in Goa, they are still at the helm, it seems, Kejriwal is in coma and unable to see and listen. Things won’t work too long like this. God Bless AAP.”