Awaaz-e-Punjab not a political party, Ready for Alliance

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Sucha Singh Chhotepur, the former sacked Punjab convener, expressed shock over Navjot Singh Sidhu’s decision not to float Awaaz-e-Punjab as a political party. “He (Sidhu) is a big man and it was his own idea. But my search for good people for the betterment of Punjab will continue,” Chhotepur said.

Days after announcing ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’, Sidhu announced yesterday said the four-member forum will not float a political party, though it was ready to forge an alliance for the betterment of Punjab. Sidhu said it takes a “minimum of two years” for a new political party “to win a state” and three months is too short a time for this “Herculean task”. The four-time Amritsar MP who recently resigned from the primary membership of BJP said that the battle of the platform is to shake the system that has ruined Punjab.There is no personal or professional vendetta, just a burning desire to place Punjab ahead and reinforce the positive forces. “The forum welcomes any alliance for the betterment of Punjab and will not be a political party. May Punjab, Punjabiat and every Punjabi win,” he said.

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On being asked whether he will float a political party, Chhotepur said, “We don’t have the resources to do so at present.”

“I will pay obeisance to Patna Sahib on Thursday and after returning will take next course of action,” he said, adding that he would hold deliberations with Sidhu on future prospects of Punjab.

Meanwhile, he claimed he was in touch with MP Dharamvira Gandhi, suspended from AAP. “He (Gandhi) is committed to Punjab and wants only a Punjabi should lead the people of the state, instead of outsiders,” said Chhotepur.

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Gandhi, earlier, had announced a ‘Punjab Lok Front’ which might contest the 2017 polls. “My supporters and volunteers (in his recently concluded Punjab Parivartan Yatra) have told me to set up a new political “platform” comprising people with a clean image and committed to saving Punjab,” he said.

He said ,”I will meet like-minded people and bring them together, and have a political party in order to provide the best alternative to people in the upcoming elections.”

Chhotepur asserted, “It is essential to show seriousness towards the people of Punjab, only then they will start supporting you.”

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Notably, several of AAP’s former zonal coordinators have already pledged support to Chhotepur. He was removed as convener over a video clip surfaced allegedly showing him taking cash.