Bhagwant Mann resigns after Kejriwal apologises to Majithia

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

On the same light, Kejriwal's apology also comes as an embarrassment for the party leaders who, toeing his line, earlier endorsed the same allegations and reaped political mileage out of them.

Khaira said that he was getting numerous messages from volunteers following the apology by Kejriwal and said that he wanted to ensure that whatever decision is taken, it would be in the interest of Punjab.

"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.

Crisis for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab deepened on Friday as its State president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora announced their resignations from their posts while the AAP's ally in Punjab, the Lok Insaf Party (LIP), chose to snap ties. "Our fight for Punjab continues", Sandhu tweeted.

Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira said nearly all of party legislators were in favour of breaking away from the AAP and form an independent unit "for the sake of Punjabis".

On Thursday, Kejriwal had apologised to Majithia, saying his allegations that the Shiromani Akali Dal leader was involved in the drug trade in Punjab were "unfounded".

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AAP, the main opposition party in the Punjab assembly with 20 MLAs, came close to splitting from the Delhi brass as "a majority of MLAs were in favour of forming a new party in Punjab".

The storm brewing over Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal's apology to SAD leader Bikram Majithia on Friday virtually turned into a hurricane with not just the rivals but his own ally coming out in the open against the Delhi Chief Minister. "He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him".

Speaking to media during a presser, AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, "Strongly condemn Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Bikram Majithia". They had also hinted that a similar course may be adopted in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The two parties had contested the Punjab Assembly elections in 2017 together. "Most of these cases require personal appearance in court".

"I had left my home seat of Mohali where I had got maximum votes in MP elections and fought against Bikram Majithia against all odds on being asked by Arvind Kejriwal because Punjab was suffering from drug problem".

Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said Kejriwal's apology amounted to "murder of AAP in Punjab".

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering "lip service" on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

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