Chhotepur invites Navjot Sidhu to lead Apna Punjab Party (APP)

Chhotepur launches a new party

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), ex-convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur launched a new regional political outfit — Aapna Punjab Party (APP) — that will field or support candidates on all the 117 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls.

Announcing the launch of the party at a press conference here on Saturday, Chhotepur said that all like-minded parties and individuals were welcome to join his party or ally with it for the creation of a “Punjab Progressive Alliance (PPA)” for the polls. He said to begin with, the party was joining hands with the group of suspended AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi.

Chhotepur said cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s group was welcome to join the PPA. “I have been in talks with his group. It is for them to decide now. I have already offered to give Sidhu the lead role in the alliance. For the sake of Punjab, I don’t mind working in the background,” he said.

“My party will show to the state how a democratically controlled party works. Every person, down to the last worker, will be given a free hand to work. Give us 15 days and you will see the difference between our and other parties’ working,” he said.

Chhotepur said the party will not ally with the SAD-BJP, Congress or AAP. “These are the parties we are fighting against. We are against the Badals, who have ruined a great regional party. They run SAD as ‘Badal and company’ and the chief minister had put the interests of his son and daughter-in-law ahead of that of the state. It is unfortunate that his family has progressed economically and Punjab has been ruined,” he said.

Chhotepur lashed out at the Congress, saying the party had left the state feeling cheated. “They failed to play the role of the opposition and instead sold out the state’s interests to the Akalis,” he said.