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AAP's Punjab unit president and MP Bhagwant Mann resigns from his post over Kejriwal's apology to ex-minister Bikram Singh Majithia

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia over drugs charge, party’s Punjab unite president Bhagwant Mann has resigned from the post.

Written by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 16, 2018 17:35 IST ]
AAP's Punjab unit president and MP Bhagwant Mann resigns
AAP's Punjab unit president and MP Bhagwant Mann resigns from his post

A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia over drugs charge, party’s Punjab unite president Bhagwant Mann has resigned from the post.

Mann, who is Lok Sabha MP Sangrur seat in Punjab, tweeted that he is quitting the party post and that his fight against drug mafia will continue.

“I m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab ...but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an “Aam Aadmi “ of Punjab,” his tweet reads.

Yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal had apologised to Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the "drug trade" during assembly elections last year.

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Majithia had filed a defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party chief and others following the allegation made during campaigning in the Punjab assembly elections. 

"I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologize for the same," Kejriwal said in a letter, adding that he has now learnt that the allegations were "unfounded" and the damage caused to Majithia's esteem and the loss caused to him was regretted.

The AAP's Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu also reacted sharply to the apology, tweeting , "Arvind kejriwal' apology to Bikram majithia in the defamation case on drugs is a let down to the people, especially the youth of Punjab. We in punjab have not been taken into the loop. Our fight for Punjab continues." 

AAP's Vice-President in Punjab, Aman Arora, also resigned on Friday hours after Mann quit his party post following Kejriwal's apology to Majithia.

Lok Insaf Party (LIP) leader Simarjeet Singh Bains was also miffed at the apology by Kejriwal to Majithia. The LIP is AAP's ally in Punjab.

Watch video: Bhagwant Mann resigns

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