A section of the Aam Aadmi Party legislators from Punjab met senior party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia here tonight amid a crisis over Sukhpal Singh Khaira's removal as the leader of opposition in the state Assembly.

After the meeting, Sisodia expressed regret over the fact that certain AAP legislators were opposed to replacing Khaira with Harpal Singh Cheema, a Dalit MLA from the party.

The AAP had acknowledged the rights of the Dalit community by appointing Cheema as the leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly, he said.

"I am deeply hurt that some of our friends are opposing it. I explained to them today that the Aam Aadmi Party was formed to lend a voice to the Dalits and the poor. The Congress, the Akalis and the BJP are opposed to the Dalits and the poor," Sisodia tweeted.

The MLAs urged Sisodia to reinstate Khaira but the demand was declined, a party leader said.

Sisodia is in-charge of the AAP affairs in Punjab.