Gurpreet Singh quits AAP over Bhagwant Mann’s appointment as Punjab unit chief

Waraich said that his opposition to the appointment Mann was not about him individually but about the manner in which it was done.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Published: May 10, 2017 7:46 pm
Gurpreet Ghuggi, AAP, Punjab Gurpreet Singh Waraich was the former convenor of Punjab Unit of AAP. (File)

Former convenor of Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Gurpreet Singh Waraich, on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of the party citing the unfair selection process adopted to appoint the new convenor, Bhagwant Mann. Addressing a press conference, Waraich said that the manner in which Mann had been chosen smacked of a “pick and choose” policy in which the sentiments of the cadre of the party had been ignored.

“This was an act of cheating with the state of Punjab, Punjabis and Punjabiat. Is it not necessary to know what the volunteers want to say? They should have been included in the selection process,” he said adding that AAP was deviating from its principles.

Waraich said that his opposition to the appointment Mann was not about him individually but about the manner in which it was done. “Arvind could have called me to his house and told me that he wanted to remove me. It was common knowledge that Bhagwant Mann had got posters and stickers of AAP removed from outside his house. He had made public statements saying that all options are open for him and that he is going to USA. After all this there was no need to have taken this decision in a hurried way. It seems that there was some pressure to act like this,” he said.

Without naming Kejriwal, Waraich said that the AAP leadership’s problems with him had begun when he told them during the election campaign that that there have been have been major complaints against the observers sent from Delhi and they should be recalled. “Also, a convenor I kept asking the party leaders in Delhi to show me the video on basis of which Sucha Singh Chottepur had been thrown out of the party. Till day before yesterday I was not shown the CD. This was my right that it should be shown to me,” he said.

Gurpreet Waraich also said that the AAP leadership was miffed with him because be refused to come to Delhi and campaign for the municipal corporation elections in Rajouri Garden. “I had asked why Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak could not come to Punjab after losing the elections to boost the morale of the workers. I was told they will come after MCD elections but they did not and my protest continued over this, he added.

Accusing AAP of having closed its doors to “big leaders’ who could have done well for the party, Waraich said that he tried to bring good leaders into the fold but his attempts were met with resistance. Without naming Local Bodies Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, he said, “I have been organising meetings of very big leaders who are today in other parties and are now ministers. I have proof of it. But they closed doors for all good people,” he said.

Commenting on the various options available to replace him, he said that he had suggested that suspended Patiala MP, Dr Dharamvir Gandhi should be made convenor. “I had said that he is a wise man, a man of principles and that he will do good for the party. I had also said that his selection would have helped clear the doubts that the party works for a particular community,” he said.

Waraich also said that he had recommended the name of Bholath MLA, Sukhpal Singh Khaira saying that he is a politically matured person and “he faces no allegations like the ones about present state unit chief”. ‘If even is he was not to be made then the last choice was Phoolka sahib. At least he knows something about politics. Mann already wields more power than convenor,” he said.

Gurpreet said that now he was being forced to work under a man whom the party has appointed with a rider that he should quit drinking liquor and that he also concedes that he should be removed if he does that again. “This is not a mature decision. If you wanted to tell him all this it should have been done in private but it was not to have been said in public among 50 people,” he said.

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    Kumar V
    May 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm
    where is Raghav Chaddha - He is underground
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      Vedic.Aryan
      May 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm
      What is Gurupreet's GOTRA? Tell me his birthday and time, I will consult astrology and tell you what his future in BJP.
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      1. Hafeez Mohommed
        May 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm
        Its time to throw megalomaniac out n movement has a chance, pappi sounds better than khujliwal today
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          rajan
          May 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm
          Gurpreet Ghuggi, you are airing your differences with AAP in the same manner as should not be resorted to by a disciplined soldier of the party. I fully endorse your views on Dr. Dharamveer Ga-n-dhi. However, the same cannot be true in respect of Sidhu. The latter has simply no ideology & went to the party which offered him lollypops. He is no big leader either. Nothing personal against him but he doesn't inspire confidence. Your act of leaving the party in time of crisis is not good. If Suchcha Singh Chhotepur was an et, you should have raised the issue at the time of his expulsion. Yogendra Yadav & Prashant Bhushan too are worthy people who should never have been booted out. Rather than undermining the party, better would have been to regroup it & resolve the differences.
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          1. Hafeez Mohommed
            May 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm
            Megalomaniac wants absolute power, he along with his coterie has ruined the movement, one day aaptards themselves will go after this megalomaniac
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            1. Naren B
              May 11, 2017 at 4:45 am
              Regroup how? What happened to internal Lokpal ? Why was Admiral (retired) removed from internal Lokpal and at whose behest ? Disciplined Soldier ? Can anyone asnswer or care for volunteers? Where should they go and complain on Sr Party leaders indulging in Corruption ? Why was Malliwal and Aswathi being provided house accommodation against rules ? What about appointment of Nikunj Aggarwal and Gopal Moran ?
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              1. Naren B
                May 11, 2017 at 4:55 am
                Re-group ? Discipline ? These are all gone the moment AK sacked internal Lokpal Ramdas. Can anyone there to answer hard working volunteers simple questions- Why was house accommodation provided to Malliwal and Aswathi against rules ? When satyendera Jain already own a house in Delhi why was official house provided ? Let us know how many mohalla clinics housed in party leaders property and what was the rent ? Did they issued adverti t for Mohalla Clinic space for rent so that they could get compe ive price ? What about appointment of Somaya Jain, Nikunj Aggarwal and Gopal Mohan ? Did AAP government released any adverti t for the jobs ?
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                punjabi
                May 10, 2017 at 8:06 pm
                Mr. Guggi, your appointment was in the same way... why so much cry now?
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