Sacked AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Wednesday ruled out at any reconciliation with the party after senior leader Sanjay Singh approached to placate him on Monday fearing splits in the local unit ahead of the Punjab assembly polls.“Surprised” by the massive support pouring in for Chhotepur from across Punjab after his removal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appears to have softened its stand on him and decided not to make any comments on this issue.
The party’s senior leader and Punjab affairs-in-charge Sanjay Singh met Chhotepur at his house in Mohali on Monday as part of the party’s efforts to placate the upset leader.“Yes, he (Sanjay Singh) came to my house. I told him there is no need to placate me as the party has tried to damage me. Morally, I am not with you. If you want to keep me for your gain it is up to you,” Chhotepur said here on Wednesday.
“The party has not only thrown me out but also humiliated me,” he further said, adding that “it is the massive support of volunteers and media which saved me.”“It is a rebirth for me,” he said, showing no signs of reconciliation with the party for which he said he put two-and-half years to build in the state.
Notably, on Tuesday, Sanjay Singh had said that the party had decided not to make any comment on Chhotepur till the two-member probe panel submits its report on allegations of bribery against the party leader.The party is apparently surprised at the support which Chhotepur had received from several parts of Punjab after he was removed.Chhotepur, who held a key position in the party, was removed as convener after a video clip surfaced allegedly showing him taking bribe for giving tickets in a purported sting operation.
He has decided to start touring Punjab after paying obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on September 3. During his tour, he will meet his supporters and volunteers to seek their opinion on his future course of action.“I will start touring Punjab to seek opinions and views of supporters on next course of action. Whatever consensus comes out I will accept it,” Chhotepur said.
After his removal, his loyalists had launched a protest in Gurdaspur, the leader’s home district, against AAP and had burnt the effigy of party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal.AAP’s six parliamentary zonal coordinators have passed a resolution in support of Chhotepur and gave time to the party till September 1 for his reinstatement.They had also demanded that Chhotepur should be reinstated and the team members including Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak, zonal observers who had come from Delhi should be called back.
Tohra’s close aides threaten to boycott late leader’s family for joining AAP
The switching of loyalities from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by the family of Panth Rattan late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra has evoked a very strong reaction from none other than the late Jathedar’s close aides as well as the residents of his native Tohra village on Wednesday as residents assembled in a large number here and very strongly condemned the action of the Tohra family. They even announced that if the family failed to correct its mistake, then the entire village as well as the people of the area will socially boycott them in future.
A close of aide of late Gurcharan Singh Tohra and a member of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Satwinder Singh Tohra as well other close aides including Baba Didar Singh, Jathedar Karnail Singh and Subedar Isher Singh were present at the meeting which was held in the grounds of Tohra Memorial Park. The meeting was initially only attended by the residents of Tohra village but people from other nearby villages of the area also participated in it later on.They stated that the Tohra family had joined hands with anti-Panthic forces and added that the family had given weightage to their own political interests over the Panth and the party.Interestingly, when asked about AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s plan to hold a party rally in the village in the near future, Satwinder Singh Tohra said that they will not allow Kejriwal to even enter the village.
After Amritsar, AAP volunteers clash at Gurdaspur
A day after the AAP volunteers clashed at Amritsar, the same incident was reported from Gurdaspur on Wednesday. The AAP volunteers having divided in groups-one supporting Chhotepur and the other one to the party’s powerful leadership-assaulted each other. The reports about the injuries were yet to receive.
Bhagwant denies any ‘patch-up’ visit
CHANDIGARH: Aam Aadmi Party’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann ruled out any visit of any party leader to Sucha Singh Chhotepur’s residence for a patch-up. He categorically denied any approach made by the party to reconcile with the recently-expelled leader. On AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu’s remarks on Gurmail Singh Tohra joining the party on social media, Bhagwant said that the party will discuss the issue at its own level
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