SHIMLA: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has expelled its Himachal Pradesh social media in-charge Harpreet Singh Bedi from the party after his old tweets demanding separate Khalistan went viral on social media on Sunday.
Dissociating itself from Bedi’s views, the official handle of AAP Himachal Pradesh tweeted, “The views expressed by Harpreet Singh Bedi in his tweet are against the ideology of Aam Aadmi Party and do not in any way represent the opinion of the party.” The party reiterated its commitment to the integrity of India.
“AAP strongly believes in the unity and integrity of our great nation and will not tolerate anyone writing anything against our country. The party dismisses him from all posts with immediate effect and will launch an investigation against him,” the tweet read.
Reacting to the developments, BJP’s Himachal Pradesh unit has alleged that the tweets proved that AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was associated with Khalistanis. BJP state general secretary Trilok Jamwal, treasurer Sanjay Sood, co-media in-charge Karan Nanda and social media head Puneet Sharma alleged that AAP’s anti-national agenda had been exposed again.
“Aam Aadmi Party’s closeness with Khalistanis is well known. Ever since the Aam Aadmi Party government came to power in Punjab, anti-national forces have started raising their voice against the country,” the BJP leaders said in a statement
“After Punjab, its effect is now visible in Himachal. Harpreet Singh Bedi is himself taking the side of Khalistanis. They are demanding separate currency and separate nation through tweet,” they said.
Jamwal said the national agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party was unacceptable to the country as well as Himachal Pradesh, a state that had given India innumerable martyrs.
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On Sunday, “#Deshdrohi Arvind Kejriwal” was trending on Twitter after Bedi’s old tweets allegedly backing the creation of Khalistan went viral on social media.
In three tweets posted on May 23, 2012, Bedi wrote: “Amritsar & declared Khalistan to the world and vowed to continue to the fight for freedom (sic)…. ‘Khalistan Day’ to renew this fight as the flame of freedom has been reignited by our Jathedar Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana.”
In one tweet from handle iHarpreetSBedi, ‘Khalistan Dollar must’ (sic) has been mentioned with a replica of US dollar having the picture slain Khalistan leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in between.
The development led to backlash with many asking Arvind Kejriwal, who is Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener, to clarify if these “separatist views of his aide were endorsed by the Aam Aadmi Party”.