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Khaira floats new party; flays AAP, Badals and Amarinder

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Former (AAP) on Tuesday floated a new regional party (PEP) and said the new party will fight the Congress, (SAD) and AAP.

Khaira, who resigned from the AAP on Sunday, accused the and of being hand in glove and ruining in the past over two decades.

Six sitting AAP legislators -- Kanwar Sandhu, Nazar Singh Manshahia, Master Baldev Singh, Pirmal Singh, and -- were seen at the launch of the new party.

These legislators, who are still part of the AAP, were however not seated on the stage as Khaira announced the new party.

Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP in November for "anti-party activities", said the new party would work for the people of Punjab, especially youth, farmers and women.

A sitting legislator, Khaira had earlier ruled out his resignation from the Assembly even after quitting from the AAP.

Khaira said the Assembly will decide on his status.

He said that he and other legislators will not resign from their Assembly seats as they did not want to burden the exchequer with fresh elections on these seats.

The AAP's unit leadership had on Sunday demanded Khaira's resignation from the Assembly after he quit the party.

had challenged Khaira to resign as and seek re-election.

Citing "dictatorial attitude" of Arvind Kejriwal, Khaira on Sunday resigned from the membership.

"I am constrained to forward my resignation from the primary membership of AAP as the party has totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post movement," Khaira, who was of Opposition in the Assembly till August, wrote in his letter to Kejriwal.

The AAP got 20 seats in the 117-member assembly in the February 2017 assembly elections. H.S. Phoolka recently submitted his resignation as a to the Assembly

Phoolka also quit the primary membership of the AAP last week.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 13:34 IST