Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh has come out in defence of AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur even as a purported video clip of Chhotepur accepting money went viral.
Terming the ‘so called’ sting operation ‘planned and engineered,’ Singh slammed AAP for its ‘dirty tricks.’
“The sting operation has clearly been conceived, planned and executed as part of an internal coup engineered by the AAP leaders from outside who want to control Punjab through remote by using their local stooges and inconsequential wannabe leaders,” he alleged.
“Chhotepur nourished and nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab,” he said.
Amarinder admitted of having ‘political difference’ with Chhotepur, but said he won’t ‘keep quiet when Chhotepur is being made a victim of an internal coup.’
He asked AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to look into ‘monumental transformation’ in the lifestyle of leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak since they stared their political careers.
“It is a blatantly shameless attempt by people like Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and Ashish Khetan to control the party from Delhi, UP and Haryana.” he said.
The PCC president said, Kejriwal has a history and character of using and throwing away people.
“He did it with his mentor Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Chhotepur is only the next and not the last in line.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), meanwhile, is likely to suspend its Punjab state convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur, who has been accused of taking bribe for issuing tickets.
21 AAP leaders from Punjab, including MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, have shot off a letter to party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to immediately sack Chhotepur from the party.
“We are upset and disappointed to see reports in regard to acceptance of bribe by Chhotepur,” they said in the missive.
“Our partys principles of zero tolerance towards corruption must be followed and such a corrupt person (referring to Chhotepur) must be immediately removed,” they said while asking Kejriwal to replace Chhotepur with an honest person.
The party has taken a stern view of the charges against Chottepur and has convened a high-level meeting tomorrow in Delhi to decide the fate of the AAP leader.
Chhotepur is in the eye of storm after a video clip surfaced allegedly showing him taking money in a purported sting operation, which has been seen by Kejriwal earlier this month.
When contacted, AAP spokesperson and Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh said, “A few state leaders have written to the party leadership. The Political Affairs Committee (of AAP) will take a final call on the matter.”
However, party sources said Chhotepur is most likely to be suspended from the party.
Meanwhile, Chottepur, who is unhappy with AAPs ticket distribution, asked the party leadership to make the clip public so that he can get a chance to reply.
He is also likely to hold a news conference on Friday(today).