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Bathinda Rural MLA Rupinder Kaur Ruby quits AAP

In a tweet, Rupinder Kaur Ruby said: “Mr.@ArvindKejriwal ji Convener, AAP & @BhagwantMann ji...This is hereby inform u that I am resigning with immediate effect from the membership of Aam Aadmi Party. Please accept my resignation.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
Updated: November 10, 2021 12:31:57 pm
Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Bathinda Rural, Rupinder Kaur Ruby.

The Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Bathinda Rural, Rupinder Kaur Ruby, announced her resignation from party membership on Twitter Tuesday.

In a tweet, Ruby said: “Mr.@ArvindKejriwal ji Convener, AAP & @BhagwantMann ji…This is hereby inform u that I am resigning with immediate effect from the membership of Aam Aadmi Party. Please accept my resignation. Thx Rupinder Kaur Ruby.(MLA Bti.rural).”

Ruby had won her maiden election in 2017 on an AAP ticket. She had not been visible in the political arena for a while now. During the October 29 visit of Arvind Kejriwal to Bathinda, she wasn’t present during the party function and even her pictures were missing from AAP posters.

Earlier, she had cited her father’s bad health for not being visible enough in her constituency.

After retiring as a class one officer from Punjab’s industry department, Baldev Singh, who joined AAP, said Ruby didn’t reach out to voters in the last two years.

“I retired in 2016 and joined AAP soon after retiring. I was the in-charge of the ex-employees wing of AAP of five districts- Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Sri Muktsar Sahib. People from Bathinda Rural used to often come to me for works and I used to tell Ruby that we should start making rounds of the constituency together. But it never happened. I am, however, active in the area for more than two years now. I am working as a volunteer to reach out to the people as they are our voters who gave us MLA,” he said.

Recently, a few party hoardings were erected in several villages of Bathinda Rural with Ruby’s pictures on them, but the very next day, area residents had cut her out of the hoardings.

Satnam Singh Jhumba, a farmer from Jhumba village, said they had great hopes on the young MLA but she failed to deliver.

“Ruby was a young candidate and hence had got lot of support from youth. Two boys had even died in a road accident while going along with her motorcycle roadshow during poll campaign. But Ruby never took care of those families. She just made 2-3 compulsory visits. She hardly visited the area while we had great hopes from this young MLA,” he said.

Sukhdev Singh Chugekalan, from Chugekalan village, said, “You need to be active in the area to contest again. Wonder what was stopping her to do that, perhaps being an Akali dominated area she was not keen to work as Akalis never wanted AAP’s rise.”

Meanwhile, Congress’s Harvinder Singh Laddi and SAD’s Anmol Rattan, who finished second and third in the last election, remained active in the area. Laddi himself had distributed all the welfare grants in villages as he was from the ruling party, said Kulwinder Singh, another voter of the constituency.

An AAP founder member from Mansa blames the party for sidelining its founder members and promoting outsiders for its fortunes in Punjab.

“As she was sure of not getting a ticket, it was advisable for her to quit AAP, let’s see which party she joins now. I think it is just a start and some more heavyweights of AAP will also be quitting by December end,” said the AAP founder member. They were 20 in 2017 and now only 13 are left, added another disgruntled member.

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