A war of words followed by threats of legal action livened up the Punjab political scene on Friday when a letter of political appointments in the state purportedly signed by Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal was tweeted by Congress leaders Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Sukhpal Khaira. The AAP was quick to dismiss the letter as fake.
The controversy was triggered when Warring and Khaira tagged a letter on their Twitter handles that was purportedly signed by Kejriwal. The letter purportedly announced the appointment of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders to boards and corporations in Punjab. Warring said that people’s apprehensions that the Punjab government was being run by remote control from Delhi were proving to be true.
ਗੱਲ੍ਹ knowledge ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਹੋਈ ਸੀ ਕੁਰਸੀ ਦੀ ਨਹੀਂ @ArvindKejriwal
ਦਿੱਲੀ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਰਾਜ ਚੇਅਰਮੈਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਨਿਯੁਕਤੀ ਸੂਬੇ ਦੀ ਲੀਡਰਸ਼ਿਪ ਨੂੰ ਕਮਜ਼ੋਰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਆਪ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਵਿਚ ਖਿੱਚੋਤਾਣ ਦਿਖਾਉਂਦੀ ਹੈ।
All well @AAPPunjab? pic.twitter.com/sbxvbjLIFE
— Amarinder Singh Raja Warring (@RajaBrar_INC) September 2, 2022
Khaira in his tweet had said, “It is now abundantly clear with documented evidence that BhagwantMann doesn’t have the authority to make Pb govt appointments as they’re approved by @ArvindKejriwal. Had they been Aap party appointments it would be justified by Kejriwal being party head but govt posts unacceptable.”
It is now abundantly clear with documented evidence dat @BhagwantMann doesn’t have the authority to make Pb govt appointments as they’re approved by @ArvindKejriwal.Had they been Aap party appointments it would be justified by Kejriwal being party head but govt posts unacceptable pic.twitter.com/EtNlWHWMzN
— Sukhpal Singh Khaira (@SukhpalKhaira) September 2, 2022
The AAP Punjab in a tweet said that it would initiate action against the “habitual fake news peddlers of the Congress”.
This letter tweeted by Congress leader @SukhpalKhaira is FAKE ‼️
AAP Punjab will initiate action against these habitual FAKE NEWS PEDDLERS of Congress. https://t.co/RhsxbyNm46
— AAP Punjab (@AAPPunjab) September 2, 2022
The opposition Congress has been constantly claiming the Bhagwant Mann government is being run by Kejriwal. The Opposition had earlier alleged that the Delhi CM was being provided security by the Punjab police, a charge denied by the Mann government.
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