The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers gathered at its office here on Tuesday to oppose the choice of election candidates and the observers from Delhi thrashed a fellow worker who dared to support both.
Unhappy with the Ajnala, Attari, and Amritsar South candidates for the 2017 Punjab elections, the volunteers were raising the slogan “Dilli waale bhajao, Punjab bachao (chase away Delhi guys, save Punjab)” when a worker, Anil Mahajan, and another man with him started shouting: “Kejriwal Zindabad (long live Arvind Kejriwal, party’s national convener).”
The volunteers tolerated it but when he stated defending ticket distribution, they grabbed, slapped, and pushed him. AAP zonal in-charge Gurinder Singh Bajwa and some other workers stepped in to save him. The volunteers took the man inside an office, where when asked, he said: “Nobody beat me up. I have served the party for four years. Every ticket is fine. I don’t seek any post.” Later, the volunteers said nobody was even raising any slogan against Kejriwal.
Mahajan is prominent at the AAP functions. The volunteers told the party to pick “deserving candidates” and reinstate Sucha Singh Chhotepur as its Punjab convener.
“We have given the party an ultimatum to reinstate Sucha Singh Chhotepur,” AAP Amritsar zone in-charge Gurinder Bajwa said. He said Chhotepur had done a lot for the party and became a victim of conspiracy.
Meanwhile, Chhotepur through a Tweet advised his supporters not to indulge in violence.