Chandigarh: After Sucha Singh Chhotepur, AAP announced the appointment of Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi as convener of Punjab AAP, Sunday. The development has came to fore after the PAC has confirmed the new appointment in their meeting.
AAP today appointed politicalsatirist and actor Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi as the party’s Punjab convenor in place of Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was removed from the post after a video clip surfaced showing him allegedly taking bribes in exchange for poll tickets. The political affairs committee of the party cleared Ghuggi’s name for the post, a party release said here, adding that he will take charge soon.
Ghuggi (45) had joined AAP in February this year. After comedian-turned-parliamentarian Bhagwant Mann, who is the party’s campaign committee chairman for the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Ghuggi will be the second satirist to bag a top post in AAP which has been hit by controversies of late. Party sources said Ghuggi was chosen as he was “a young and popular face” in Punjab and would bolster the party’s prospects in the Assembly polls. Ghuggi had earlier said he was impressed with the work done by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal who brought “practical agenda and approach” to the political landscape to resolve the issues of the people.
Kejriwal is scheduled to visit Punjab next week. Jalandhar-based Ghuggi, who began his career as a Punjabi actor at Jalandhar Doordarshan, has worked in many Bollywood flicks apart from working in the Punjabi film industry. He has acted in Bollywood films such as ‘Namastey London’ and ‘Race’. AAP had yesterday sent a notice to Chhotepur and sought his reply in connection with the bribery allegations.
The sacked leader, who had earlier virtually ruled out returning to the AAP fold, has been drawing good support from many in the party’s Punjab unit. The party’s six parliamentary zonal coordinators in Punjab have recently passed a resolution in his support. Chhotepur, who had been the face of AAP in Punjab until recently, had in Amritsar yesterday blamed his “own people” for destroying his 40-year political career and announced he would begin a statewide tour from Tuesday during which he would hold deliberations with the party’s volunteers.
AAP had recently constituted a two-member probe panel, headed by its Rajouri Garden (Delhi) MLA and Punjab co-ordinator Jarnail Singh and comprising head of the grievance cell Jasbir Singh Bir, to look into the allegations against Chhotepur, who has maintained that in his political career he has “never taken money from anyone”. Chhotepur (65), a two-time MLA, was a minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala government in the 1980s. He had joined AAP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. After the party won four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab, Chhotepur, known for his oratory, was made its state convenor. PTI
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