As part of its quest for political faces, preferably Sikh ones, to project in Punjab ahead of next year’s assembly election, the Aam Aadmi Party has inducted Harmail Tohra, a former Shiromani Akali Dal minister and, more important, son-in-law of the iconic Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra.AAP’s former coordinator of finance committee Hardip Singh Kingra on Thursday accused the party leadership of demanding Rs 5 lakh per month from aspirants keen on climbing the political ladder in the organization. Arora said he has all the details of funds raised for the party.
The party had last month removed its Punjab convener after a video purportedly showed him accepting cash. The party will investigate the alleged audio tape released by Kingra and in case anything wrong is found, suitable action will be taken against the people responsible, he said.
Kingra also played an audiotape of a purported conversation between Amrish Trikha, the AAP’s Ludhiana co-ordinator who is reportedly close to Pathak, and one Paramjit Singh Dhillon, an AAP activist who wanted to meet Pathak.
Member of Fund raising committee Surinder Singh Arora said that the allegations made by Kingra are baseless and false. “An indication of the fact that Delhi people did not trust local leaders is that even flags and banners of the party were transported all the way from Delhi”, he said. “After the Lok Sabha elections, the Delhi leadership withdrew signatories for all accounts except four – in Ludhiana, Sangrur, Bathinda and Ferozepur, which are functional”. The matter of Harmail having allegedly plotted an attack on AAP’s suspended Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi has also come back to haunt the leadership although Harmail has denied the charges.
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