Amritsar: Fissures in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have once again come to the fore with a faction of the party all set to hold a parallel rally at Baba Bakala on the occasion of Rakhar Punya here on Saturday.
The party’s official rally is being organised by its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur.
Chhotepur feigned ignorance about the parallel rally. When asked whether any action would be initiated against those holding the parallel event, he said it was for the senior party leadership to take a decision on it.
Talking to The Tribune, former Punjab convener of AAP Sumel Singh said there was widespread resentment among party workers due to “unnecessary interference” by Delhi leaders in party affairs in Punjab.
He said the party workers had organised a rally at Baba Bakala last year too and they’ve come together for the event this year as well.
He alleged that the other faction was organising the rally on its own. He claimed that Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi and Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa would attend their rally.
Besides, they have also got the support of Dr Daljit Singh, who had unsuccessfully contested from Amritsar and had been recently expelled from the party.
Sumel Singh said that personalities like Sufi singer Rabbi Shergill and writer Jaswant Kanwal would also participate in the rally.
On the rift in the party, Sumel Singh said the Delhi-based leaders of the party were making appointments in the state unit on their own while sincere party workers were getting a raw deal.