Senior AAP leader quits party in Punjab

Jalandhar, Dec 13 (IANS) A senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in Punjab, Yamini Gomar, on Tuesday resigned from the party’s primary membership claiming that the AAP had become “dictatorial and corrupt”.

She also accused AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak of manipulation in the allotment of tickets and while managing party affairs in Punjab.

“AAP leaders incharge of party affairs in Punjab are indulging in corruption and other wrongdoings. There is no democracy in the party,” Gomar told the media here, 160 km from Chandigarh.

Gomar, who belongs to the Dalit community, was a member of the AAP National Executive. She polled over 2.13 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hoshiarpur (Reserved) seat as an AAP candidate.

She alleged that the AAP leadership had become ‘anti-Dalit, anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab’.

Gomar said AAP volunteers in Punjab were reduced to becoming slaves of AAP leaders and observers from outside the state.

Party insiders however said Gomar was expecting a party ticket for the 2017 assembly election but was not allotted one.

The Dalits comprise nearly 32 per cent of Punjab’s total population of over 2.8 crore.

–IANS

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