- 12 AAP leaders including Founders & Office Bearers Resign from AAP -
A day after Jagmeet Singh Brar released the first list of TMC's candidates, more defections within AAP have begun. Today founder member and State Secretary Tarandeep Sunny resigned from AAP along with their supporters and joined the TMC at a press conference led by Jagmeet Singh Brar.
Tarandeep's departure is being seen as a major blow to AAP in the Doaba region as he was not only one of the party's founding members, he was also closely associated with Anna Hazare and was a member of the 5 member founder committee formed in the state that brought in all the big names to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and also as a member in the State Screening Committee. His organizational role was also increased as recently as last week when he was appointed State Secretary of the AAP in Punjab.
The second setback to AAP came when Baba Pal Singh Randhawa joined the TMC. Baba Pal Singh is a known close confidant of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and was the link between AAP and the Sant Samaj in Doaba and has considerable sway in Kartarpur, Shahkot and Adampur and in the Valmiki & Ramdasiya communities.
The third blow was dealt by Dr Aman George, president of the Christian Movement in Jalandhar after he withdrew support from the AAP and joined the TMC.
Others who joined the TMC at the event today include Youth Committee and District Committee members Uday Pratap Rathore, Jaskaran Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Chander Kalir, Gurkanwal Preet Singh, Himmat Randhawa, Pradeep Happy, Adv Jaspal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Mukesh Vij and Mandeep Singh.