Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab Chief Bhagwat Mann resigned today after Party Supremo AN Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tendered an apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majitha over “unfounded” allegations related to his involvement in drugs.
However, this “meek surrender” was not recognised as a good move by the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab unit leaders who termed Kejriwal’s step as a “letdown”, AAP leaders in New Delhi believe this move could help them stay away from court proceedings while indicating a similar notion would be adopted in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister.
Meanwhile, former Punjab minister Majithia said he doesn’t want to initiate any court proceedings against Kejriwal since he tendered his apology claiming he was grateful that truth had won
Earlier last year, Kejriwal had accused the then Punjab Assembly elections Majitha of being involved in narcotics trade since drug abuse was a major issue in the state.
The Delhi CM in his apology letter said he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded. He said: “In the recent past, I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in the drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now, I’ve learnt that the allegations are unfounded. Hence, there should be no politics on such issues.”
“Because of my allegations made against you at various political rallies, public meetings, TV programmes, print, electronic and social media, you filed a defamation case against us in the Amritsar court. I, hereby, withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same,” the letter read, Times Now reported.