CHANDIGARH: Newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs from Punjab have been called for a meeting in Delhi on March 15 by the party convener Arvind Kejriwal to decide who would head the legislative party. Another point of discussion would be the party’s poor performance in the just-concluded elections.
Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira, Mullanpur Dakha MLA HS Phoolka and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu are in the race for the post of legislature party's leader. As AAP has twenty MLAs and its alliance partner Lok Insaaf Party has two MLAs, the post of leader of Opposition will go to AAP this time. Khaira seems to be the ideal candidate for the job as he has been an MLA earlier whereas all others are first-timers.
Contrary to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s claim of winning 100 seats, the party won just 20 seats in the Assembly elections, sending the party rank and file into a state of shock. Meanwhile, chief minister-designate Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for refusing to accept its defeat gracefully. “Instead of acknowledging that his party had failed to connect with the voters of Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal is making allegations about EVMs, which, incidentally, his own party workers were guarding. AAP workers were camping outside the EVM centres and Kejriwal is unable to digest the loss of power,” he said.