I want Chottepur to come back to AAP: Aman Arora. Claiming that Aam Admi Party (AAP) committed a blunder by expelling former state convener Sucha Singh Chottepur from the party, AAP state vice president Aman Arora on Thursday said that he would try to bring him back to the party.Aman Arora said that it was his personal view that Chottepur should be brought back to AAP. “I will convince him to come back to the party along with his bunch of supporters, who had left the party ahead of the Assembly Elections over corruption charges”, he said.The AAP state vice president also said that among the major mistakes committed by the party, expulsion of Chottepur was one of them. “Besides overconfidence, not announcing CM candidate, allegations of ‘Radical links’ and others, Chottepur’s expulsion cost the party dear. He should be back to AAP”, he admitted.Notably, Chottepur was sacked from AAP over allegations of taking cash in return of giving ticket. Chottepur’s unceremonial exit has led to split within the AAP Punjab unit ahead of the assembly elections. Around half of the zonal observers had left AAP after Chottepur’s sacking.Talking to the media, Arora dodged a query pertaining to whether bringing Chottepur back to the party would defy AAP’s ideology of zero tolerance against corruption. Arora who preferred to keep mum over the query said that it was his personal decision and he would make efforts in this direction.
When asked that even former party convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi also had an ‘unceremonial exit’, Arora said, “AAP grew under the leadership of Ghuggi. It was party’s decision to appoint him state convener and now when he left the position, it was again party’s decision.”
However, when the media pointed out that Ghuggi was vocal against the party’s decision, the state vice president claimed that Ghuggi was present in the meeting chaired by Arvind Kejriwal, when a decision about changing AAP state convener was raised.To another query that NRIs across the globe were agitated over AAP’s decision of appointing Bhagwant Mann as party state convener, Arora said, “NRIs were the support system of AAP. We held video conferencing with NRIs after the appointment of Bhagwant Mann and they were supporting the party’s decision now.”
Meanwhile, Arora said that AAP Punjab unit was an ‘autonomous’ body now, as none of the Delhi leaders would stake its claim in the party. Arora also said that the party would undertake a strict exercise in selecting candidates for the ensuing Municipal Corporation Elections.The AAP state vice president said that within a month the basic structure of the party would be raised, where four zonal observers, district presidents, Halqa coordinators and block presidents would be appointed.
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