A clash erupted on Tuesday during a meeting of AAP volunteers at the residence of the party’s zonal in charge Gurinder Singh Bajwa after he accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of selling tickets for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections here.
According to a senior AAP official, Bajwa condemned Kejriwal for removing Sucha Singh Chottepur as the party’s Punjab Convenor.
The situation took an ugly turn when Bajwa accused Kejriwal of selling tickets for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.
He especially referred to three seats Amritsar South, Ajnala and Attari.
Volunteers led by circle incharge Anil Mahajan stood up from their chairs and strongly objected to Bajwa speaking against Kejriwal and restrained him from using “foul” language.
They also critised Bajwa for “creating indiscipline” in the party.
Many volunteers supported Bajwa and engaged in a scuffle with the people led by Mahajan.
In the melee, the volunteers also threw chairs at each other, resulting in bruises to some. Mahajan too received minor injuries on his face when his spectacles broke during the scuffle.
In an expected move, the Aam Aadmi Party had removed its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chotepur, who has been accused of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates next year’s assembly elections.
The decision Political Affairs Committee has now been sent to AAP’s disciplinary committee.
This was after senior AAP leaders reportedly met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Friday.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann had told reporters that Chotepur will be given a chance to explain his stand to the party leadership and that his case has been referred to a two-member committee comprising Jasbir Singh and the AAP Punjab joint in-charge Jarnail Singh.
“The allegation is that Chotepur sought Rs 60 lakh from from a ticket aspirant and the deal was fixed at Rs 30 lakh.
Chotepur later received support from 6 out of 13 zonal coordinators of the party, who accused AAP of imposing outsiders to decide the future of Punjab. Their demanded that the ‘Delhi leaders’ such as Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak be immediate recalled.
Speaking on AAP’s prospects in the 2017 assembly polls, Chotepur projected a “setback” to the party.
“When there is a fight in a house or party, it will suffer,” he said.
He had earlier claimed there was “strong opposition” by volunteers against 25 candidates out of the 32 tickets given so far by AAP in Punjab.
Chotepur’s removal has posed a tough challenge for AAP which has been eyeing to wrest power from SAD-BJP combine.
Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh has already said, “Congress party’s doors are open for everyone whether Chotepur, Navjot Sidhu…”