Chottepur resigns from AAP, creates new APP

Chhotepur Apna Punjab Party

Chadigarh: Election time is party-time in Punjab, in more than one way. Putting all speculation to rest, ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Sucha Singh Chottepur finally resigned from the party on Friday. The sacked Punjab convener of the party, Chhotepur, is expected to launch his new political outfit soon.

Several AAP volunteers, including the seven zonal chiefs, who have been with Chhotepur, are expected to join the new outfit. The party — Apna Punjab Party (APP) — would be registered as a state party with the Election Commission and would either field or support candidates in all 117 seats in the forthcoming assembly polls in the state and Chhotepur would head the party.

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The party is collaborating with the fourth front of suspended AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi. The APP will have to show the membership of 100 men as is the requirement of the Election Commission of India for registration purposes.

The AAP, however, chose to distance itself from several leaders, considered close to Chhotepur, including a founding member of the party, Pavittar Singh. The party, however, maintained silence on the status of Chhotepur, who claimed to have sent his resignation by post to AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on September 16.