NOW THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL A GUARDED RE­SPONSE

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Ht Punjab & Haryana -

Af­ter quit­ting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bho­lath MLA Sukh­pal Singh

Khaira floated his Pun­jabi Ekta Party last week. A launch event was held at Chandigarh Press Club where his sup­port­ers and fam­ily mem­bers were present. Six dis­si­dent leg­is­la­tors, who had re­volted against the AAP lead­er­ship along with him, also showed up. How­ever, they, par­tic­u­larly Mansa MLA Nazar Singh Man­shahia and Maur MLA Jagdev Singh Ka­malu, were muted in their re­sponse and chose their words care­fully. Man­shahia and Ka­malu said they were there to con­grat­u­late Khaira, but had no plans to quit the AAP. Man­shahia fur­ther said that prom­i­nent per­sons in his con­stituency had ad­vised him not to take any ac­tion that would put his mem­ber­ship of the state assem­bly at risk. Bar­ring Jaitu MLA Baldev Singh, oth­ers have not been seen in pub­lic with Khaira there­after. Hav­ing sec­ond thoughts, are they?

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■ Sukh­pal Singh Khaira with his wife at the launch of Pun­jabi Ekta Party in Chandigarh.

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