Newly-appointed state convenor of Aam Aadmi Party Gurpreet Ghuggi was in Mohali recently. DailyPost Correspondent Prabhmeet Luthra exclusively interviewed him on issues and controversies which are facing the party these days. He patiently answers questions while defending party leaders and volunteers. Here are the excerpts:
Daily Post interview:
What will be your modus operandi as new convener of AAP in Punjab?
My first priority will be to remove differences between volunteers. No questions should be left in party worker’s mind about party credibility. It is my moral duty to unite the whole team together.
Will you implement hard discipline in the party?
Yes, of course I will maintain discipline and will make sure that everyone remains in party discipline, so that the party can rise in Punjab.
How will you handle revolts inside the party in Punjab?
Those who revolt against the party, if they are loyal to the party, then they must come forward with authentic proof, not allegations. If any proof is found to be factual, then we will resolve the issue. However, if it is all allegations without any solid proof, then that person is free to leave the party.
You are continually avoiding to comment on the CM face in the state, will it be a Sikh or non-Sikh?
It’s not about religious affiliations. If anyone is found capable to be the CM, then he will be announced when right time comes. Person must have calibre. He must become the reason for victory of AAP in Punjab.
In Punjab according to you, who is capable?
Time will tell. Media is free to judge the name of next chief minister of Punjab.
Sucha Singh Chotepur was removed as convener on the basis of allegations. On the other side, there are allegations against Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak also, levelled by former AAP leader H S Kingra and other leadership from Punjab. Why is the party not taking any action against them?
Allegations are a part of politics now. No allegation will be considered without solid proof in AAP. Kingra’s allegations were not based on proof. I demand solid proof not just allegations only.
If you are talking about proof, no proof has been made public till date against Chhotepur, then why he was removed?
Investigation committee is investigating the whole matter. I appeal to Chhotepur to cooperate with the investigation. If he is not joining the investigation, then it means that possibly he is guilty and has something to hide. We will not show his video until the investigation is complete. Some things need to be concealed on moral grounds. He may or may not be innocent.
Bhagwant Mann is popular in the media for all the wrong reasons. Your comments?
I do not agree. He is popular in the media due to positive reasons also, but unfortunately sometimes a minor mistake of a person is highlighted more rather than positive aspects.
Do you justify his behaviour on public platforms?
No, not at all.
What is your comment on ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ Morcha led by Navjot Singh Sidhu? Will you negotiate for an alliance with them before the elections? Any plans to fight together in Punjab?
Yes, of course, beyond party lines, we shall talk to them for the sake of Punjab. I will request them to combine their Morcha with AAP so that people don’t assume them to be the ‘spoilers of an opportunity.’ AAP is the best party for Sidhu and his group according to their ideology.
If they refuse to ally with AAP, will you take them as a challenge for AAP. Are you afraid of the new Morcha or Navjot Singh, Pargat Singh and Bains brothers?
No, they will not challenge us. In fact, they will harm themselves. It’s their own damage. AAP is not afraid of any Morcha.
Your say on Sukhpal Khaira’s tweet on saints?
Sukhpal Khaira only tweeted about ‘fake saints’ in Punjab who work as agents for political parties.
A video is viral on social media which says you are linked with the Nirankari community. Is it true?
I am only Sikh of Guru Granth Sahib. That incident happened when I went to my friend and comedian Vivek Shauk’s ‘kiriya’. He belonged to the Nirankari community. Lots of people were there and so was I. Somebody mischievously posted that old video on social video to spread false rumours.
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