AAP ousts Punjab leader for protesting against Corruption within Party
Chandigarh: To ensure that none in Punjab unit questions the Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal, the party on Wednesday ousted nine senior Punjabi party leaders, including some senior functionaries.
Among those removed include AAP’s national council member Paviter Singh and his wife Lakhwinder Kaur, member of the state women wing.
Paviter had accused party’s Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh and national organisation building head Durgesh Pathak of demanding Rs 50 lakh for a ticket for his wife. Both Pathak and Sanjay had denied the charge.
Some of those removed are supporters of Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was sacked as party’s Punjab convener last month.
Last week, Paviter alleged that he along with some other AAP members had gathered Rs 1 lakh party donation which was deposited in the personal account of state co-in-charge and Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh in January last year. Jarnail Singh did not give him a receipt for it, he said.
Jarnail had said there was “nothing wrong” in gathering donations for an election as long as he was accounting for it before the election commission.
The other leaders, who have been removed from the party, are state media team member Colonel (retd) Jasjit Singh Gill, circle in-charge Jagtar Singh, Harpal Singh of NRI cell, Amandeep Singh Bains, Baljit Singh Chahal, Colonel (retd) Dalwinder Singh Grewal and Amandeep Singh Boparai.
Reacting to the move, Paviter Singh said the AAP had “finally removed all doubts that it has completely deviated from the principles for which it was created”.
“The party has been taken over its Delhi leaders Durgesh Pathak, Sanjay Singh and Jarnail Singh,” he said. He would lodge police complaints on the basis of his earlier allegations, Paviter said.
AAP continues to claim that there’s no corruption in the Party and it’s on course to win Punjab elections on the honesty platform.