Amritsar:Apna Punjab Party (APP) supremo and former state convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Monday asserted that it was not the Congress but AAP that was in league with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab and the two had reached an agreement for seat-sharing. He was here to address a meeting of the party workers in the APP’s local office, situated at Gumtala road.
Chhotepur claimed that the two entered into a secret poll pact and had decided to field weak candidates in those segments from where the stalwarts of each were contesting. All this happened because the AAP was in need of money to run its polling campaign in the state and its ‘lust of money’ was fulfilled by SAD, which had lot of money to quench anyone’s thirst, he alleged while referring to a query regarding fielding of Himmat Singh Shergill by AAP in Majitha segment against SAD nominee, Bikram Singh Majithia.
Talking to Daily Post here, Chhotepur, who was among the top brass of AAP’s Punjab unit but was suspended by the latter after he was accused of accepting money from a ticket aspirant of AAP for extending favour to him, added that during the previous assembly elections in 2012, Congress had undertaken this exercise when it opted to field a weak candidate against Majithia just to ensure latter’s victory.
He said, “Why Kejriwal himself did not opt to contest against Bikram Majithia, if he had decided to field Jarnail Singh, an MLA of Delhi government, from Lambi against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal?”
He said that one could obviously understand that Majithia had filed a criminal case of defamation against Kejriwal and charges against Kejriwal in this case had been framed. Therefore, with an intention to avoid legal hassles, Kejriwal, who was a bureaucrat-turned-politician and had an extraordinary brain, may go to any extent, the APP chief stated.
To another question about announcement of remaining candidates of his party, Chhotepur replied that the party was holding parleys with its like-minded political outfits regarding entering into poll alliance for the ensuing assembly elections. “It may take another fortnight to make declaration of names,” he added and further stated that any party, which was pro-Punjab and pro-Punjabis, was welcome.
APP supremo answered that eradicating corruption and the menace of drugs from the state was their mission. Providing jobs to the unemployed was the second thing on their agenda.
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