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After quitting AAP, Khaira announces new political outfit

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who resigned from the (AAP) two days ago, announced a new political outfit on Tuesday.

"The 'Punjabi Ekta Party' will be Punjab-centric and a regional party," Khaira said. Six rebel AAP legislators -- Kanwar Singh Sandhu, Jagdev Singh Kamalu, Jagtar Singh Hissowal, Pirmal Singh Khalsa, and -- were present at the occasion.

On Sunday, Khaira had quit the AAP, six months after he was ousted from the post of the of Opposition in the Assembly.

Khaira, who has not resigned as an MLA, had earlier attacked party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, alleging that his "dictatorial" attitude had shattered the dreams of Indians and the Punjabis for a clean alternative to the decayed and rotten system.

The 53-year-old, a former who had joined the AAP in December 2015, had sent his resignation to Kejriwal. In his letter, Khaira had alleged that the party had totally deviated from the ideology and principles on which it was formed post the Anna Hazare anti-corruption movement.

Khaira and another rebel MLA, Kanwar Sandhu, was suspended from the party last November for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.

He had been vocal against the party leadership ever since he was removed as the of Opposition last July, following which he was leading a rebels loyal to him. One of the rebel MLAs, Jai Kishan Rori, had returned to the party fold last month.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 14:05 IST
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