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AAP dissidents form panel to 'restructure' Punjab unit, trade barbs with MP

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

dissidents in today announced their own ad hoc political affairs committee (PAC), saying the panel will restructure the party's organisation and choose a new for the state.

The move follows the volunteers' convention held by the rebels in Bathinda on August 2, when they dissolved the current organisation in the state and declared autonomy for the Aam Aadmi Party's unit.

The group which claims to be made up of eight of the 20 MLAs in the state is upset over the national leadership's decision to replace Sukhpal Singh Khaira as of Opposition in the Assembly.

The dissidents also traded barbs today with prominent who broke his silence over the rebellion in the state unit.

The Sangrur MP, who is also a well-known comedian, accused dissidents and of "emotionally blackmailing" party volunteers to "weaken" the AAP.

The dissidents' political affairs committee includes all the eight rebel MLAs and eight special invitees. They will also be part of an ad hoc state executive, Sandhu said.

The panel will supervise the reconstitution of the entire political structure of the state unit, including the appointment of the state or convenor, he said.

It will also set up the party's structure at the district, assembly constituency and the block levels.

Once this is done, the ad hoc PAC panel will stand dissolved, he said.

This is the first step towards the reconstitution of the AAP in Punjab after the party volunteers convention at Bathinda," the rebel MLA said.

The whole process will be in line with the concept of Swaraj as envisaged by the AAP's national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, he added.

Meanwhile, Bhagwant Mann, the AAP from Sangrur, dared the dissidents to resign as MLAs and form a new outfit.

Reacting to his remarks, Khaira called the parliamentarian a "frustrated, dejected and depressed"

Mann described Khaira and Sandhu as "shrewd manipulators", and said their "nefarious designs" to "weaken" the party would not succeed.

"When Khaira was made of Opposition, he gave a bouquet of flowers to Arvind Kejriwal, Mann said in his first appearance before the media after Khaira's rebellion.

When he gets a position in the party it's democratic, when he loses his post then it is called an act of dictatorship," he said.

"Khaira had joined the party when it was already established. I had gone to streets and villages of Punjab for building the party. Khaira just lives on his post. He is an 'e-neta'," Mann said.

Khaira descrbed Mann's allegations as "maliciously and utterly false, frivolous and concocted."

Khaira said Mann should have the courage to publicly admit the "secret deal" between AAP and the at the cost of Punjabis, who had supported the and the party whole heartedly.

The dissident's panel includes (Bholath MLA) (Kharar), Nazar Singh Mansahia (Mansa), ( Maur), (Jaiton), (Bhadaur), (Raikot) and Jai Krishan Rodi ( Garhshankar).

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:40 IST