Chhotepur still eyeing a new front


Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was sacked from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after a sting operation, is all set to form a new political party. The unceremonious sacking has made him even more determined to set up a new political organisation which will work only for the interest of the Punjab and ‘Punjabiat’ in an honest manner.

The 65-year-old Sucha Singh Chhotepur is one of the most experienced political leaders of Punjab. Along with Capt Amarinder Singh of Congress, Chhotepur was the Akali Dal minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala government in the mid-1980s. A man of principles, he had resigned from the Punjab cabinet along with Captain Amarinder Singh after the police entry in the Golden Temple complex in April 1986 when extremists had declared the entity of ‘Khalistan’ from the Akal Takht.

“I am in the process of forming a new political party with the support of people. I have already made good preparations and plan to launch the party in the first week of October. At present my group is assessing our support base and has found out that it is very strong. All those people who love Punjab and value its honour and dignity are willing and eager to join our group,” said Chhotepur.

On asking about his endeavours with Navjot Singh Sidhu and joining hands with his ‘Aawaz E Punjab’, he remarked that in the interest of Punjab he is open to alliance.

Being asked to comment about AAP and his experience, he said, “All I would say is that I am innocent, but became a victim of AAP’s machinations and manipulations. If they (AAP) have found me guilty let them hang me. What can they do? It was all a setup. What kind of an inquiry asks no questions to the accused (me)? AAP has pronounced a one-sided judgment which is not acceptable to me. AAP is there in Punjab just to make money. It does not care for Punjab or Punjabis. Arvind Kejriwal is a dictator. He does not listen to anyone.”