The Ludhiana unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has split into two following the party’s alliance with the Bains brothers. The rift came into fore as tension gripped the party’s Ludhiana office in Sarabha Nagar after two factions confronted each other over possession of the office.
Ludhiana zone coordinator, CM Lakhanpal, who resigned from the party after the alliance, alleged that Ludhiana west coordinator Ahbaab Grewal and his supporters tried to take possession of the office premises forcefully and even ‘threatened’ them.
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Lakhanpal said that by inducting Bains brothers who were formerly with Akali Dal, AAP has thrown its own principles and the Constitution up in the air. “Grewal along with Ludhiana observer Darshan Shankar barged the office on Monday and asked for the keys. I had taken this office on rent for election related work but now when I have resigned, I removed AAP flags as well. Party has nothing to do with it as I pay the rent myself.”
Sharing more information about the incident, he said, “Subhash Chander, the office caretaker, informed me over the phone that Grewal and his supporters barged in and tried to take possession of the office forcefully. They even threatened him. This is not what AAP ever stood for.” Lakhanpal stated that he has already informed the police about the threats from the opposite group.
Denying the allegations, Grewal, who is also the general secretary of party’s farmers’ wing said, “I did not even go there. Lakhanpal is lying. Since he announced his resign, we are requesting him to handover party records. We have nothing to do with office premise. He is making baseless allegations.”
Agreeing to Grewal, Ludhiana observer Darshan Shankar also claimed the same. “We are trying to meet Lakhanpal for quite a few days but he is not meeting us or handing over the documents. We never went to take possession of the office,” he said.