Chandigarh, July 20
Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Bholath Sukhpal Khaira is tipped to be the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly as 14 of the 19 MLAs have agreed to back him. A meeting to choose the leader is scheduled at 4 pm at party convener Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in New Delhi.
Though there was a strong social media campaign in favour of Talwandi Sabo MLA Baljinder Kaur, the 14 MLAs, who met on July 17 in Chandigarh, decided to support Khaira for the Leader of Opposition’s post.
Mansa MLA Nazar Mansahia, who was also a contender, has withdrawn in favour of Khaira, party sources, while giving the details of the meeting, said on Thursday.
The Delhi leadership is reportedly not in favour of Khaira but they are likely to agree with the Punjab leaders’ decision as the denial of position to the Bholath MLA may lead to division in the Punjab unit of the party.