Rebel Pun­jab AAP Leader Sukh­pal Khaira to Float Pro-Sikh Front

The Day After - - STATES DIARY -

Buoyed by pub­lic sup­port to his Oc­to­ber 7 march to Bar­gari with rad­i­cal Sikh or­ga­ni­za­tions — seek­ing ac­tion on Jus­tice Ran­jit Singh (Rtd.) Com­mis­sion re­port on 2015 sac­ri­lege and po­lice fir­ing in­ci­dents which left two Sikhs dead — rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukh­pal Khaira has de­cided to float his new front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions.

The move may set off po­lit­i­cal tremors in Pun­jab as AAP na­tional con­vener Arvind Ke­jri­wal will be forced to ex­pel Khaira and seven other MLAs sup­port­ing him. It will re­duce the main op­po­si­tion party, which has 20 MLAs in the state assem­bly, to the third slot, presently oc­cu­pied by the Akali Dal-BJP al­liance which has 17 MLAs. Khaira has been openly chal­leng­ing Ke­jri­wal’s author­ity after be­ing ousted as leader of op­po­si­tion in June. He is now seek­ing to steal a march on Akalis, Congress and the AAP on the Pan­thic agenda.

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