New Delhi/Chandigarh – In soup over his alleged support to ‘Referendum 2020 –a Sikh radicals’ campaign to “liberate’ Punjab, the state’s AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Wednesday faced the ire of AAP’s top brass including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who refused to meet him. Beleagured Khaira, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and is presently in Delhi to meet senior AAP leaders, later, approached Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who too rebuked him and asked him to come clean on his act, said AAP leaders. “Sisodia lashed out at Khaira while telling him that AAP has nothing to do with his referendum thoughts. He was also asked by Sisodia, to explain his stand through the Punjab unit president of the party,” said a party leader.Last week, Khaira had reportedly said: “I support the Sikh referendum 2020 movement as Sikhs have the right to demand justice against atrocities suffered by them.” Political parties in Punjab, including the Congress and the BJP are demanding sacking of Khaira while cornering the AAP on the issue. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has condemned Khaira for ‘backing secessionism? by supporting the campaign, propounded by Sikh radicals for a separate Sikh homeland.Amid a barrage of criticism, Khaira had responded to Amrinder in a tweet, “I am surprised a leader of your level is tweeting against me without checking the facts, I am not a votary of 2020 but I don’t hesitate to point out a consistent policy of discrimination against Sikhs by Central governments! Be it attack on Darbar Sahib (or), genocide of Sikhs leading to 2020.” Union Minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal had yesterday demanded that Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP should sack Khaira for supporting Sikh referendum campaign.
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