Jalandhar: Following allegations, Aam Admi Party (AAP) Jalandhar Cantonment candidate HS Walia on Friday said that if the charges of Rs 10 lakh sting video proved true, he will quit the party seat.
Walia dared volunteers to prove that he paid Rs 10 lakh to Delhi based AAP leaders namely Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak to get ticket from Jalandhar Cantonment constituency.
The Jalandhar Cantonment seat witnessed revolt, after the party fielded HS Walia as its candidate. As many as 11 AAP volunteers, who were eyeing the ticket, had on Thursday leveled allegations that Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak sold the ticket to Walia in Rs 10 lakh.
They had also maintained that Walia made a sting operation video of paying the amount to the top party leaders and blackmailed them, following which they he got the ticket to him.
Addressing a press conference Walia presenting a show of strength said that he was getting support from all the 10 circle presidents and the different cells of AAP including the legal cell, trader’s cell, SC/ST cell, women wing and others. “The party had allotted the ticket on merit. Those who are protesting against my candidature should first list their contribution in strengthening the party in cantonment. Their protest has proved that they joined AAP for getting ticket only” he said.
Without naming any of 11 AAP volunteers who were protesting against him, Walia said that those people are pointing finger at him whose own character is under scanner. “People who have married thrice without taking divorce, those who were shunted out of gurdwara because of corruption charges and those whose sons were allegedly involved in a rape case are questioning my credentials”, he said.
On Rajbir Kaur’s outburst against him, Walia said that the Golden Girl of Indian Hockey team is the pride of the nation. “Rajbir’s allegations that she was more deserving than me and that her husband lost job because of her joining AAP are baseless. Rajbir’s husband Gurmail Singh was suspended from the service following corruption charges, which was highlighted by national media”, he added.
The party candidate maintained that when AAP leadership conducted voting at party office for the probable candidate, they did not protest. “They should have raised objection on my name at that moment”, he pointed out.
Walia also clarified that he had been working in the constituency regularly. “The allegations that I never went to my constituency for eight months is wrong as all these volunteers attended my programmes,” he said.
To a query that he gifted an SUV to a top shot Delhi leader, Walia said that he owned two cars, which he bought on installments.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook