Known as a leader of independent views, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, founder member of Apna Punjab Party (APP) has a long political career starting with the Akali Dal, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Before floating his own party, Chhotepur was a state convener of the AAP and had established the party in Punjab.
Sucha Singh Chhotepur
Apna Punjab Party
Chhotepur will contest in a four-cornered contest from Gurdaspur against Barinder Singh Pahra, a Congress candidate, Gurcharan Singh Babbehali (SAD) and Amarjeet Singh Chahal (AAP) on February 4.
A native of Chhotepure village, Sucha Singh is son of a farmer, who started his political career while pursuing the graduation from Government College, Gurdaspur.
Chhotepur was elected the sarpanch of his village in 1975 and successfully contested Punjab Vidhan Sabha election on Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket in 1985. He was given Health and Tourism ministry.
In 2002, Chhotepur was elected an independent MLA from Dhariwal. Enjoying good relations with Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, Chhotepur joined the Congress in 2009. Following his differences with Partap Singh Bajwa, a Congress leader, Chhotepur joined AAP and contested Lok Sabha elections against Bajwa on an AAP ticket.
Protesting against Operation Black Thunder to flush terrorists out of the Golden Temple, Chhotepur had resigned as a minister from Surjit Singh Barnala’s government.
He is considered to have been a close aide of leaders such as Harchand Singh Longowal and Gurcharan Singh Tohra.
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