Jaitu MLA Master Baldev Singh here on Wednesday stepped down from the primary membership of AAP Punjab unit citing “autocratic functioning”, “double standards”, and giving up the party’s ideologies and principles.
In his resignation letter to party chief Arvind Kejriwal, he wrote, “I am pained to forward my resignation from the primary membership of AAP because the party has completely given up its basic ideology and principles”.
“I was deeply motivated and moved by the anti corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare and thus decided to become part of AAP. In order to improve the socio-political situation of our country particularly of our state Punjab I went to the extent of quitting my government job as Head Teacher, although I had more than 4 years of service left. This step of mine not only created panic in my family but also left my future unsure but yet I preferred to take a risk merely due to the lofty promises made by you and AAP”, he added.
Launching a scathing attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Master Baldev singh called him “anti-Dalit”.
Earlier, indicating the “dictatorial attitude” of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira had on January 6 resigned from the party’s primary membership. Lawyer-activist H.S. Phoolka had also recently quit from the AAP’s primary membership. He had earlier resigned from the Punjab Assembly. He was the AAP legislator from the Dakha Assembly seat.
Presently, there are 18 MLAs of AAP in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. With another resignation, AAP MLAs has reduce to 17 lawmakers and hence it can also lose the position of single largest opposition party in Vidhan Sabha.
Singh is likely to join Khaira’s party and fight in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Faridkot.