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AAP rebels to meet in Jalandhar on Saturday, may field candidates on 59 seats in Punjab

punjab Updated: Dec 02, 2016 00:55 IST
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AAP volunteers at a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday, November 30. (HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel volunteers, workers and ticket aspirants upped the ante against the party on Thursday and announced an open convention in Jalandhar on December 3 to decide on fielding their own candidates in the 59 assembly constituencies.

The rebel volunteers had on Wednesday given a 48-hour ultimatum to AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to change candidates in 59 constituencies on which they alleged that the party had fielded “tainted” candidates. They said the choice of candidates on these seats was not in accordance with the three ‘Cs’ concept meaning that the candidate will not be corrupt, criminal or characterless.

“The purpose of the convention is to consolidate the facts of corruption and favouritism of Delhi leadership of the AAP and to give voice to the honest volunteers for their political aspirations.”

The meeting will be held at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall. AAP’s Tarn Taran volunteer Harinder Singh Zira, who is leading the rebel volunteers, said they will be deliberating and releasing to the media the evidences gathered by them against AAP candidates.

“The purpose of the convention is to consolidate the facts of corruption and favouritism of Delhi leadership of the AAP and to give voice to the honest volunteers for their political aspirations, in the light of forthcoming elections. It was also decided to make an appeal to all honest AAP volunteers, who are victim of the highhandedness of the Delhi darbar. The convention will deliberate on cutting the chord from Delhi, if our ultimatum is ignored. The convention will promote leadership, in the light of the idea of swaraj, from the grassroots level workers from Punjab. The election strategy will also be deliberated in the convention,” said Kabul Singh, another party volunteer.

APP INVITES REBEL VOLUNTEERS

Meanwhile, Aapna Punjab Party (APP) president Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Thursday said the rebel AAP volunteers were welcome to join his party. “I have worked in the AAP for years and I know that every volunteer of this party has worked with honesty and dedication. They are the backbone of the party and are responsible for taking the party house to house. I will give them their due,” he said in a press statement here.