The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not project any chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab.
This was stated by AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur while talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the party's political conference on Hola Mohalla here on Thursday.
"There is a democratic system in our party and nobody will be imposed on the people of the state. AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and the elected MLAs would decide on the issue," he said.
In reply to a question whether the AAP would enter into an alliance with any other party in the assembly elections, Chhotepur said there was no question of any alliance with the Congress, SAD or the BJP, which were responsible for the pathetic state of affairs in the state. However, the alliance with other parties could be considered at the time of elections, he added.
He refuted the media reports regarding his remarks that people like People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal had no place in the AAP and termed these as baseless. "Manpreet is like my son and I have not given any interview to any newspaper over the issue. Many people ask me about the possibility of Manpreet or former Congress leader Jagmeet Brar joining the AAP. I have told them that the party would think over it in case these leaders made an offer to join the party," Chhotepur said.
He said some people or agencies were trying to create confusion about the AAP due to jealousy over its meteoric rise.
He said many leaders from other political parties were ready to join the party. However, only those with a clean image would be inducted into the party, he added.
He said the entry of Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira into the AAP was a foregone conclusion as the decision had been taken at the highest level.
Earlier, addressing a well-attended conference of the party, Chhotepur lashed out at the SAD-BJP government for its alleged non-performance.
He alleged that there is a jungle raj in Punjab and people had made up their mind to root out the corrupt alliance government, which was nothing but a government of the Badal family.