Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday elevated Vice-president Dr Balbir Singh as co-president of Punjab unit. He will run the state party affairs for the time being.
Bhagwant Mann and Aman Arora refused to withdraw their resignation from the posts of president and co-president of the state AAP unit.
A party spokesperson said Punjab affairs incharge Manish Sisodia had appointed Dr Balbir after a recent meeting of all five zonal presidents and MLAs from the state. Fourteen of the 20 AAP MLAs were present.
The absentees included Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira, HS Phoolka and Kanwar Sandhu. As chief campaign manager, Dr Balbir had played a key role in Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s victory from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat in 2014.
He Contested on the AAP ticket, he had lost to Capt Amarinder Singh from the Patiala Urban seat last year.