Former party chief Sunil Jakhar has hit out at those who described former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi as an asset, while reviewing the debacle at a meeting in Delhi on Sunday.
Balbir Sidhu said the way the Punjab Congress chief and the chief minister indulged in open war of words, putting the party in a state of 'civil war', left the field wide open for the opposition.
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According to the sources, the party high-command has given a free hand to Mann to decide his Cabinet colleagues.
Labh Singh Ugoke, who defeated the outgoing Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi from the Bhadaur seat with a margin of 37,550 votes, used to work in a mobile repairing shop.
Mann reached the Raj Bhawan here around 10:30 am. He was elected the AAP's legislature party leader at a meeting of the party MLAs in Mohali on Friday.
The performance of Congress was no better either, as it came down to 18 from 77 to be voted out of power. It was the grand old party’s worst performance in the state.
The party tweeted that Kejriwal and Mann will join a mega roadshow in Amritsar on March 13, to celebrate the victory and thank the public.
AAP’s victory in 29 of these seats is the highest-ever by any party. Congress won four and Shiromani Akali Dal one. All the SC seats in Malwa region went to AAP.
His remarks came after the Delhi State Election Commission sought the advice of legal experts on if it can still hold polls for the three municipal corporations.
And when the party decided to replace the veteran leader as the chief minister in Punjab, Channi wasn't even in the list of obvious front-runners.
The Congress, with which he had a bitter parting just months back, hasn't done too well either in the state, swept by an Aam Aadmi Party wave.
They fought the February 20 polls in alliance with Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni-led Sanyukt Sangharsh Party.
Moosewala was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party candidate Dr Vijay Singla by a margin of 63,323 votes.
Ugoke had joined the AAP as a volunteer in 2013 and worked in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls for Bhagwant Mann. A Class XII pass-out, The youth used to run a mobile repair shop before plunging into politics
As part of its expansion plan, the AAP will initially focus on the states where its local units are active and in Gujarat where the Assembly election is due in December.
The Congress government in the state had been accused of being hand in glove with the SAD due to its soft-pedalling on charges against the Badals.
AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal could fancy his chances of becoming the pivot of Opposition unity, a position Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and TRS boss K Chandrashekar Rao are already vying for.
AAP candidate Ranbir Singh was leading from Ferozepur City over his nearest rival and Congress candidate Parminder Singh Pinki.
The Aam Aadmi Party appeared to be heading for a clean sweep, having taken a big lead in 88 of the 117 seats in Punjab.
Sources in both the parties said that there was a strong likelihood that if SAD gets a respectable number of seats and the BJP hits double digits, then both might again come together.