A day after he was removed as the Punjab convenor of Aam Aadmi Party (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.
“I want them to show the video,” Sucha Singh Chhotepur 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.”
Barely six months ahead of the assembly polls in the state, the 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 on Saturday. “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,” Sucha Singh Chhotepur said.
“How can I accept this? I will not present myself before the panel as I reject this committee,” he added.
The removal of Sucha Singh Chhotepur from the post of state party convener and his counter-attack at Delhi coterie and the resultant call for Punjabiyat has thrown the biggest challenge for the party in the election year.
AAP is yet to recover from the controversy over the use a broom alongside the photo of the Golden Temple on its youth manifesto and the loss of face it suffered after BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu changed his mood to join the party. Besides, 25 of the 32 candidates declared by the party so far are facing opposition from within AAP.
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