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Why did Arvind Kejriwal apologise to Bikram Singh Majithia now?

18 March 2018

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's apology to a SAD leader for accusing him of drugs trade pushed the party's Punjab unit into a crisis as the state leadership contemplated breaking away and forming a separate unit, saying the "meek surrender" was painful and very unfortunate.

"Arvind Kejriwal has deceived Punjabis by tendering an apology to Majithia. I will not retract from my stated stand".

The AAP's central leadership has called the party's Punjab leaders, including MLAs, for a meeting with its national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi tomorrow, after a majority of its MLAs in the state yesterday discussed the option of splitting and forming a separate unit.

"I will not comment on this".

A criminal defamation suit was filed by Majithia against AAP leaders Kejriwal, Khetan and Sanjay Singh on 20 May 2016.

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The 45-year-old also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "subverting democracy" and "undermining parliamentary procedures". It was the same court where Majithia filed a defamation case against the Delhi CM for levelling drug trade involvement allegations against the former Punjab minister. Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and senior AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said he was appalled by the apology. "I reiterate what I had said about Majithia earlier, and I am not going to retract it", the AAP leader told The Times of India.

He claimed that Kejriwal's apology only established the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal had a secret understanding to divide the anti-incumbency votes against the Akalis. We in Punjab have not been taken into the loop.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party's alliance partner in Punjab withdrew its support for the party on Friday. With what face will they speak against drugs in Punjab now?

AAP MLAs were also of the opinion that Kejriwal should not have tendered an apology when he himself led the charge against Majithia on drug issue during the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls.

Attacking the Chief Minister on the issue, Mr Sirsa posted posters bearing Mr Kejriwal's photo across the city.

Why did Arvind Kejriwal apologise to Bikram Singh Majithia now?