New Delhi: Suspended Punjab MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira announced his resignation from Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday. Khaira claimed that the AAP has ‘totally deviated’ from roots of ideology and principles on which it was formed. In his resignation letter, Khaira said, “Unfortunately after joining the party I realised that the hierarchy of AAP was no different from the traditional centralised political parties. The turn of events into the run-up of 2017 Punjab elections further confirmed my belief, that there was no inner party democracy.”

Khaira alleged that he had strongly objected to the distribution of tickets for the Punjab assembly, after reports of money exchange, favouritism and nepotism surfaced. “Your (referring to AAP) hobnobbing and flirting with the Congress is yet another example of sheer political opportunism, that has left the people of India bewildered,” stated the resignation letter. “You only listened to the two “Subedars” you had appointed to run Punjab and never bothered about the sentiments of AAP volunteers on the ground,” the letter added.

AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘dictatorial attitude has shattered the dreams of Indians and the Punjabis for a clean alternative to the decayed and rotten system’, stated Khaira.

Commenting on Khaira’s resignation from the primary membership of AAP, Manish Sisodia said, “If he wants to work for the nation, he should stay with us, if he wants to work for his own interests and post then he can go anywhere, how does it concern us?”

Over two months back, the AAP had suspended Singh Khaira for his alleged involvement in ‘anti-party’ activities. Apart from Khaira, the AAP had suspended another party member Kanwar Sandhu for indulging in ‘anti-party’ activities and revolting against the central and state party leadership.

Earlier, during his visit to Chandigarh, Kejriwal had slammed Khaira saying, “My politics is not Sukhpal Khaira. My politics is towards the people of this country. My politics is for a corruption-free India. My politics is for providing good education, setting up hospitals.”

On Jan 3, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker HS Phoolka tendered his resignation from the party. “I have resigned from AAP & handed over resignation to Kejriwal Ji today. Though he asked me not to resign but I insisted. Will be briefing media tomorrow at 4 PM at Press Club, Raisina Rd, New Delhi to explain the Reason of leaving AAP & my further plans,” he wrote on Twitter.