Will AAP split in Punjab?

Chhotepur AAP

Aam Aadmi Party, within 2 years, has seen meteorological rise in popularity, riding on the earthy appeal of Arvind Kejriwal promises. During 2014 Lok Sabha election, the party won 4 seats, all of them in Punjab. Later Arvind Kejriwal rode to an unprecedented victory in Delhi Assembly elections, winning all but 3 of the total 70 seats in 2015. Naturally, AAP is hoping to win, if not totally sweep, the Punjab elections in early 2017.

Kejriwal Vs Chhotepur

However, a meteoric rise in the political arena brings its own challenges. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is staring at a possible split in Punjab after sacking of Sucha Singh Chhotepur

Six of AAP’s 12 zonal heads in Punjab have issued an ultimatum to Delhi Chief Minister and AAP boss Mr Kejriwal that Mr Chhotepur must be reinstated. They have also sought the removal of two top leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak from AAP’s Punjab affairs.

Sucha Singh Chhotepur, 66, a veteran Punjab politician and former state minister was removed by AAP on Friday after a meeting in Delhi. AAP says it has a video that allegedly shows Mr Chhotepur taking bribe to assign a constituency to a party candidate for the Punjab elections.
Mr Chhotepur has denied the allegation and called it conspiracy within the party against him; he will now hold a meeting of AAP rebels in Amritsar on Friday, September 2.

It was the release of a “youth manifesto” earlier this month that brought the deep differences between Mr Chhotepur and Mr Kejriwal to the fore. Mr Chhotepur alleges that he was kept in the dark about that manifesto and then was asked to “lie in public by Mr Kejriwal,” that he knew about it.

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As AAP was deciding on his fate in Delhi on Friday, Mr Chhotepur alleged at a press conference that he has been penalised by the party because he refused to lie as he is “a true Sikh.”