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Punjab elections: Key AAP face quits party, says tickets being sold

Yamini Gomar had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hoshiarpur on an AAP ticket and polled over two lakh votes.

By: Express News Service | Jalandhar |
December 14, 2016 12:15:23 am
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Amidst the ongoing extensive campaign by the national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal in Punjab ahead of Assembly elections, the party received a major jolt Tuesday when its national executive committee member Yamini Gomar resigned from the primary membership of the party while terming the AAP as anti-Punjabi and anti-Dalit and its senior leaders as “biggest manipulators”.

She alleged that several tickets were sold to “corrupt, criminals and characterless” people. Along with Gomar, two more AAP leaders have resigned making similar charges.

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Talking to mediapersons in Jalandhar on Tuesday, Gomar accused senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak of running the party as their personal company. “AAP leaders from Delhi have virtually captured the Punjab unit of the party and they know how to make people fools,” Gomar said, adding that in the name of elections, the party had already looted half of Punjab by making ticket promises to them.

“I have been continuously trying to contact AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak for the last two months, but they were not picking up my call for reasons best known to them,” a visibly emotional Gomar said.

Gomar, a dalit, said that though AAP had been making big promises to the dalit community like appointing a dalit as deputy CM if voted to power, the party itself was “anti-dalit, anti-Punjabis and anti-Sikhs”.

“Kejriwal has been showing dreams of a corruption-free society but is selling tickets,” she said. “When a person is spending huge amounts to get the party ticket, how one can expect honesty from him or her?”

Gomar had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hoshiarpur on an AAP ticket and polled over two lakhs votes.

Two other AAP leaders, Baljit Singh from Gurdaspur and L R Nayyar, vice-president of AAP’s youth wing in Punjab, also quit the party.

AAP’s state convener Gurpreet Singh Warraich could not be contacted for comments.

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