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Fissures widened in factionalism led AAP over seat allocation 

While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minster is meditating in Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), the party released the first list of 19 candidates for assembly elections in Punjab scheduled early next year. The party might have thought of staying ahead of its opponents by early release of the first list of candidates but the move backfired as resentment is clearly visible within the party.
After the release of the list of 19 names for assembly seats, the  revolt within the party is visible with senior AAP leader Hardeep Singh Kingra resigning from the party on Thursday.

The former IFS officer Kingra had joined the party in 2013 and he termed the party as the party of sycophants.  He alleged that the party has been dreaming of winning the assembly polls by hook or by crook.

The former AAP leader levelled allegations against the senior leadership of AAP in Delhi and said that he would expose the party at the right time. He blamed the AAP Delhi leaders for underestimating the AAP Punjab workers and leaders as the list is prepared as per the directions of Delhi leaders.

He lambasted at the party high command and said that Durgesh Pathak has spoiled the atmosphere of AAP Punjab. The party has drifted away from the core values on which the party was formed.

Another senior leader of AAP and former bureaucrat Karanjit Singh Sra resigned from AAP a week ago alleging the worse behaviour of AAP Delhi leadership with Punjab leaders.

Interestingly, the party has also dropped the name of AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and even released the list in his absence. The sources in the party said that Chhotepur got angry because his name was not on the first list. H S Phoolka and AAP youth wing president successfully got the ticket.

Chhotepur is one of the most senior AAP leader who had strengthened the party in Punjab. It is evident that the interference of AAP Delhi leadership is making the leaders of AAP Punjab angry.

The suspended AAP parliamentarian, Dharamvir Gandhi has also sided with Kingra and said that the party has adopted a pick and choose policy in allocating the tickets. He said that he would definitely look into the matter and would revolt if needed.

The infighting within the AAP Punjab is hinting that the party would definitely suffer in the future over the allocation of tickets as there is resentment among the AAP workers who are working wholeheartedly with the party since its formation.

More than 500 AAP workers had applied for the 23 assembly seats from their respective areas and 19 names have been released. The first phase of the candidates has been creating a wave of resentment and will further lead the party to more factions.

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