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CM Kejriwal meets Punjab MLAs

PTI
Published : Mar 19, 2018, 1:39 am IST
Updated : Mar 19, 2018, 1:39 am IST

The chief minister is said to have given an explanation behind his apology to Mr Majithia.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia with Punjab AAP MLAs during a meeting at Mr Sisodia’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday. 	(Photo: PTI)
 Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia with Punjab AAP MLAs during a meeting at Mr Sisodia’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: On the backfoot over tendering an apology to former Punjab minister and Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, the AAP Sunday sought to pacify its party MLAs from the northern state to avert a split in the state unit.

Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s apology letter to Majithia for accusing him of being involved in drugs trade, had taken everyone by surprise, especially the AAP’s Punjab unit.

The party’s Punjab president Bhagwant Mann and its co-president Aman Arora had recently resigned from their posts in protest against Kejriwal’s apology.

Of the 20 AAP MLAs from Punjab, 10 legislators along with state unit leaders met deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at his residence here on Sunday where Mr Kejriwal was also present.

The chief minister is said to have given an explanation behind his apology to Mr Majithia.

Mr Majithia had slapped a defamation case against Mr Kejriwal and other AAP leaders for accusing the former of drug trade during the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls campaign.

According to party sources, the Punjab AAP MLAs present in the meeting are believed to have been convinced with Kejriwal’s explanation.

However, only half of the dissenting party MLAs were present in the meeting, with the remaining legislators still miffed with the party leadership.

“Anyhow, it rules out any split in the party in Punjab, as of now. Forming a separate group or splitting the party would require the consent of two-third of the 20 AAP MLAs,” the sources said.

Among the prominent absentees were Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Bhagwant Mann, AAP MP from Sangrur.

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