Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are at daggers drawn over restructuring of the Punjab unit ahead of the 2017 assembly elections, with state executive member Daljeet Singh on Thursday demanding removal of party’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and national spokesperson Sanjay Singh. Sanjay is also in-charge of the party’s Punjab unit.
Daljeet, who unsuccessfully contested from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat during 2014 Lok Sabha elections on AAP ticket, claimed that both leaders are taking the party to the “verge of extinction in Punjab”.
Daljeet, flanked by AAP’s five former district in-charges, in a press conference alleged that when he himself complained to the party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal about anti-party activities by Chhotepur, Kejriwal did not respond and instead asked him to concentrate on his work.
He claimed that Sanjay never consulted party’s MPs Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur), Harinder Singh Khalsa (Fatehgarh Sahib), Sadhu Singh (Faridkot), Dharamveer Gandhi (Patiala) or district in-charges before restructuring the AAP’s Punjab unit and hence working against party’s constitution.
Daljit, who is also chairman of the party’s disciplinary committee, said there is a huge resentment against Chhotepur and Sanjay who ignored the committed party workers and volunteers and handpicked their favourites to top party posts recently.
He further claimed that Gurinder Singh Bajwa, who has been made in-charge of Amritsar, was a BSP leader and is close to Chhotepur even as he (Bajwa) was never a party worker.
He claimed that he had also sent an email to Kejriwal on May 9 this year informing that Chhotepur was a "disaster" for the party in Punjab. He said the state executive committee, of which the MPs are members, had passed a resolution to remove Chhotepur from the post but a day later Sanjay denied such development and posted on Twitter that Chhotepur is state convener.
He accused the two of creating indiscipline within the party.
Singh said the duo is working in an undemocratic manner” due to which the party will face serious problems during assembly elections in Punjab.
Daljeet further said he along with several other hard-working party workers are speaking against Chhotepur and Sanjay as someone needs to raise voice against injustices being meted out by them.