A day after he was removed as Punjab convenor of AAP, Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Saturday rejected the panel set up by the party to probe allegations against him and dared the leadership to make public the video in which he was shown accepting money from a ticket aspirant.
He also hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party leadership for ‘orchestrating’ the sting operation against him and claimed that AAP leaders sitting in Delhi were collecting ‘huge sum’ of money from volunteers in Punjab and NRIs without issuing receipts to them.Barely six months ahead of the Assembly polls in the state, AAP on Friday removed 65-year-old Chhotepur as its Punjab convenor, in the wake of the purported video clip in which he was allegedly seen accepting money.
“I was expecting it (the sacking) with the kind of allegation made against me. But I am a little surprised that a committee was formed after taking action against me. Generally, a committee is formed before taking action against any person in the party,” Chhotepur told reporters here today.
“There is no sanctity of this committee as those people have been made part of this panel who wanted me out. They have now become the judge,” he said. “How can I accept this? I will not present myself before the panel as I reject this committee,” he added.
After sacking Chhotepur, AAP had announced a two-member panel comprising Jarnail Singh, party’s co-convenor in Punjab, and head of administrative and grievance cell Jasbir Singh Bir to probe the complaints against him. Chhotepur has instead demanded a new panel with suspended MPs Dharamvira Gandhi, Harinder Singh Khalsa and chairman of Punjab dialogue Kanwar Sandhu for conducting “impartial inquiry” in the matter.
He has also dared AAP to make the video public in which he was shown accepting money. “I want them to show the video,” he said, adding, “I was expecting appreciation for putting in heart and soul for two and half years to build the party in Punjab. And now they have done this with me. God will never forgive them.”
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