Aapna Punjab Party (APP) convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur is all set to contest from Gurdaspur in the upcoming state assembly elections due early next year though his candidature will be formally announced after the party committee meeting on November 30.
Meanwhile, posters showing him as the party candidate from Gurdaspur are being published by a printing press in Dinanagar that will shortly be displayed in the Gurdaspur assembly segment.
As former Punjab minister confirms the news, he hopes to win the Gurdaspur seat for he hails from Chhotepur village in Gurdaspur.
He started his political career as a student leader from Government College, Gurdaspur.He has contested state assembly elections five times and won twice from Dhariwal, first as a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader in 1985 and then independently in 2002. He resigned along with Capt Amarinder Singh, who is currently the state Congress chief, as minister from the Surjit Singh Barnala cabinet in 1986 to protest against Punjab Police entering the Golden Temple.
He contested as Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency in 2014 and polled 1.76 lakh votes.
After being sacked on corruption charges from Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, Sucha Singh Chhotepur floated his own party named Aapna Punjab Party with himself as its convener.