Majithia wants Sidhu, wife booked for STF report leak

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The rash in Punjab politics was triggered by an apology by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to Majithia for accusing the latter of being involved in drug trade.

The prominent absentees also included the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, namely Sukhpal Singh Khaira and AAP MP from Sangrur constituency, Bhagwat Mann. There have already been worries in the party on account of lack of cohesion among its leaders and the present situation does not augur well. On Friday, Sidhu claimed that he had a report of STF that claims that Majithia as an accused of having a drug trade.

Majithia, who had filed a criminal defamation case against him, said it was a historic moment for him personally as it was rare that an incumbent "chief minister apologised for remarks that he had made".

The state and national unit of the party should function in an autonomous manner, Punjab AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu said on Saturday, adding that he had written a letter to the leadership in this regard in December past year. Lok Insaf Party, an ally of AAP in Punjab, has also ended its alliance after the apology.

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Some months ago, Sehrai wrote a five-page letter to Geelani expressing his displeasure about some developments within the faction. Geelani has been viewed as a key separatist leader in Kashmir Valley and has been vocal on advocating Kashmiri separatism.

Kejriwal's apology has come at a time when all the major political parties are gearing up for Vidhan Sabha's Budget session, starting Tuesday, leaving AAP without ammunition to attack the ruling Congress for its failure.

With Kejriwal expected to visit Hisar next week, the party unit in Punjab has expressed its concerns over Kejriwal's stance on the Sutlej Yamuna Canal to the party leadership. AAP has four members of Parliament from Punjab and the party won 20 seats in the assembly elections previous year. "With what face will they speak against drugs in Punjab now?"

There have been different demands by the AAP legislators and party leaders from Punjab after Kejriwal's apology letter went public, ranging from giving them more autonomy to forming a different group in protest.

Arora said the AAP legislator present in the meeting were convinced with the explanation given by Kejriwal as the legal battle was draining him and the party in terms of resources.

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