AAP Punjab leader Chottepur caught taking bribe; Not sacked yet
Sting operations were supposedly #AAP‘s main weapon against #corruption but many of its own leaders are getting caught by camera. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab state convenor, #Sucha Singh Chottepur, has been accused of taking #bribe for issuing tickets.
As 21 members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), including MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, today sought his sacking for allegedly seeking money from a volunteer, the issue is has become murkier. Chhotepur has got support from several party leaders and has also decided to hit back strongly. He announced today that he would “expose the party’s wrongdoings tomorrow and the conspiracy against him”.
The party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) is likely to meet at Delhi Chief Minister #Arvind Kejriwal‘s residence tomorrow to take a final call on his removal, said sources.
Kejriwal has reportedly refused to meet Chhotepur and asked him to file his clarification before the party’s Punjab state committee. Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, a member of the Political Review Committee, has come out in support of Chhotepur, calling him an honest politician.
Randhawa has accused Kejriwal of succumbing to the pressure from a coterie in the party and ignoring the ground realities. He alleged that the party was not run on democratic values. Giving an example of the autocratic way of running of the party, he said not a single meeting of the Political Review Committee had been called so far. Randhawa is likely to accompany Chhotepur to the latter’s press conference tomorrow.
A number of AAP leaders confess that the party has suffered a blow due to the controversy. “We were going well in Punjab. Now we are in troubled waters. The way whole episode of Chhotepur is conducted has disappointed the volunteers,” said a leader.
Even, Capt #Amarinder Singh on Thursday condemned “dirty tricks” resorted to by AAP leaders from UP and Delhi against the “son of the soil” Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab. “The sting operation has clearly been planned and executed as part of an internal coup engineered by the AAP leaders from outside who want to control Punjab by using their local stooges and inconsequential wannabe leaders,”