New Delhi: On Tuesday, The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suffered its second setback in less than a month in Uttarakhand as the former state chief Deepak Bali, a day after resigning from his post and party memberships, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and state president Madan Kaushik welcomed Bali into the party.
Earlier, AAP leader, Colonel (R) Ajay Kothiyal, who was also the party’s CM candidate for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections in Uttarakhand called it a quit and joined the BJP.
आज प्रदेश भाजपा मुख्यालय में प्रदेश अध्यक्ष श्री @madankaushikbjp जी एवं मुख्यमंत्री श्री @pushkardhami जी की उपस्थिति में आम आदमी पार्टी उत्तराखंड के पूर्व प्रदेश अध्यक्ष श्री दीपक बाली जी ने भारतीय जनता पार्टी की सदस्यता ग्रहण की। pic.twitter.com/0ugB3U0nAy
— BJP Uttarakhand (@BJP4UK) June 14, 2022
Earlier on Monday, the AAP Uttarakhand unit chief Deepak Bali announced his resignation from the party citing “being uncomfortable with the party’s methodology”. Submitting his resignation letter to AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal Bali mentioned that he won’t be able to carry on with the functioning of the party and therefore asked for acceptance of his resignation from the position of Uttarakhand state chairmanship. He also shared the letter on his official Twitter handle.
Taking to Twitter Deepak Bali said, “Respecting the sentiments of the people of Uttarakhand, the youth of the state, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami ji and the BJP State President Shri Madan Kaushik took a pledge to serve Mother Bharti by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party under the joint leadership. Jai Shree Ram ! Long live Mother India !”
उत्तराखंड की जनता की भावनाओं का सम्मान करते हुए प्रदेश के युवा मुख्यमंत्री श्री पुष्कर सिंह धामी जी एवं भाजपा प्रदेश अध्यक्ष श्री मदन कौशिक जी के संयुक्त नेतृत्व में भारतीय जनता पार्टी की सदस्यता ग्रहण कर मां भारती की सेवा का संकल्प लिया।
जय श्री राम !
भारत माता की जय ! pic.twitter.com/JqoD3PQ0h5
— Deepak Bali (@TheDeepakBali) June 14, 2022