Day after Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Bikram Majithia, AAP's Punjab unit chief MP Bhagwant Mann resigns
(The New Indian Express):
AAP's Punjab state unit president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann today announced his resignation from the post in a tweet, a day after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party's national convenor Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that the latter was involved in drug trade.
Mann on Friday tweeted: “I m 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”.
Arvind Kejriwal yesterday apologized to former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia who is also brother-in-law of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal for leveling allegations of Majithia’s involvement in drug trade in Punjab.
ਮੈਂ ਆਮ ਆਦਮੀ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨਗੀ ਦੇ ਅਹੁਦੇ ਤੋਂ ਅਸਤੀਫ਼ਾ ਦੇ ਰਿਹਾ ਹਾਂ ..
I m 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
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 16, 2018
He wrote: “In the recent past, I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now I've learnt that allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues…”
On May 20, 2015, Majithia had filed a defamation suit case against Kejriwal in Amritsar after the AAP leader had levelled these allegations on him.
Majithia after releasing Kejriwal's letter said, he was grateful that truth had won and Arvind Kejriwal had realized his mistake and apologized. He said he would withdraw his defamation suit against the chief minister.
He said, “It is indeed a historical moment that a sitting chief minister has submitted a written apology in court withdrawing all statements he made against me besides regretting the damage caused to my esteem as well as hurt caused to my family, friends and well wishers.”
However, Arvind Kejriwal still has to contend with a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among other cases.
READ Kejriwal's entire apology here:
(With inputs from Express News Service)
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Published Date: Friday, March 16th, 2018 | 12:45 PM