Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Friday resigned as AAP Punjab unit president, a day after party convener Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in the drug trade.
Mann took to Twitter to announce his resignation from the party post. However, he added that his fight against drug mafia will continue.
“I am resigning as a president of AAP Punjab, but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an “Aam Aadmi “ of Punjab,” his tweet reads.
Kejriwal in his apology letter had said, "In the recent past I made certain statements and allegations against you (Majithia) regarding your alleged involvement in the drug trade. These statements became a political issue."
"Now I've learned that the allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same," he said.
Punjab Opposition leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that he was "stunned" by the apology by Kejriwal.
"We're appalled and stunned by the apology of @ArvindKejriwal tendered, we don't hesitate to admit that we haven't been consulted on this meek surrender by a leader of his stature," he said on Twitter.
In another tweet, Khaira said, "We promise to continue our tirade on the burning issue of drugs destroying the youth of Punjab". "I fail to understand the timing of Kejriwal's apology when STF of PB has stated to the High Court today that there's substantial evidence to proceed against Bikram Majitha on the issue of drugs-khaira (sic)," he had tweeted on Wednesday.
AAP Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu also reacted sharply to the apology, tweeting , "Arvind Kejriwal' apology to Bikram Majithia in the defamation case on drugs is a let down to the people, especially the youth of Punjab. We in Punjab have not been taken into the loop. Our fight for Punjab continues."
"Shocked & disappointed 2 know abt the apology tendered by Arvind Kejriwal 2 Majithia. I still believe drugs wud not have taken so much young lives had the previous Govt not patronized drug mafia. Our fight against drugs continues," the party's Punjab unit co-president Aman Arora tweeted.