Sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur will start his ‘Punjab Parivartan Yatra’ after holding a meeting with his supporters here on Tuesday. He will also seek their advice in deciding his future course of action in state politics.
As part of his ‘yatra’, Chhotepur will be holding meetings with his supporters in every district of the state. Talking to HT on Sunday, Chhotepur said he would not stop serving the people of Punjab who had extended their overwhelming support to him in the hour of crisis when he was sacked by AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal.
Lambasting Kejriwal for his alleged distrust in the Punjabi leaders and workers of the AAP, Chhotepur said that the AAP boss worked as a “Hitler” and he did not pay heed to what others said.
Chhotepur said Kejriwal did not want him to establish himself as a top leader of the party in Punjab. Chhotepur said though he was appointed as state convener, he had not been provided with any office, staff, party funding, treasurer or bank account.
The former AAP convener said he had given Rs 22 lakh, collected from the people as party fund, to Kejriwal for which he had not issued any receipt.
Accusing Kejriwal of misusing Delhi public money, Chhotepur questioned his use of helicopter as Delhi chief minister for his visits to Punjab for his party activities.
Chhotepur said he was not taken into confidence in taking big and small decisions regarding appointments in the state unit of the party. Chhotepur said he was also not consulted while releasing two lists of party candidates – the first list containing names of 19 candidates and the second list containing 13 candidates for the upcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.
Similarly, Kejriwal announced 13 zone observers and 47 sector in-charges in the state without his knowledge, Chhotepur added.
Chhotepur, however, hinted that in collaboration with other like-minded leaders like Bains brothers of Ludhiana, Navjot Singh Sidhu and others, he was likely to float a fourth front in Punjab to oust the alleged corrupt regime of the Badals.
Chhotepur alleged that the AAP was a one-man party and all its posters sent from Delhi for the party’s Punjab functions contained only Kejriwal’s picture.
Replying to a query on a show-cause notice allegedly issued by the party to him on corruption charges and seeking his reply within ten days, Chhotepur said that he had not received any such notice.
Moreover, it would have been meaningless for he was not returning to the AAP in any circumstances.