Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party removed Sucha Singh Chhotepur from the post of Punjab convener, who has been accused of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year. Meanwhile, the AAP party has handed over the case to disciplinary committee to take the final call. Sources in AAP confirmed that during the meeting it has been decided that party will give a chance to Chhotepur to explain the situation before taking the final call.
21 AAP leaders from Punjab, including members of Parliament Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, have written a letter to party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to immediately sack Chhotepur based on “our party’s principles of zero tolerance towards corruption.”
They cite as proof against the Punjab leader a sting operation in which the 65-year-old Chhotepur is allegedly seen accepting cash from a candidate. AAP sources said the party leaders have enclosed a video clip with their letter to Kejriwal; the alleged sting has not been made public.
Kejriwal has called a meeting of top party leaders in Delhi today to discuss Chhotepur’s fate. “There will be action against Chhotepur,” predicted AAP spokesperson in Punjab Himmat Singh Shergill
Chotepur has denied the allegations, demanding to be shown the sting. “This is a conspiracy hatched against me by some of my own party men. I will disclose everything on Friday,” said the former Punjab minister, who will address a press conference in Chandigarh today in a counter-attack.
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