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