CHANDIGARH: After hurriedly removing its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur from the post, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leadership now appears to be reworking its strategy even as it walks into the insider-outsider trap of rival parties. By removing Chhotepur, the party tried to get rid of not just its most prominent Sikh face but in the process also gave him an opportunity to accuse the party leadership of not respecting ethos of local communities and running the show through Delhi-based leaders.
The move to bring in cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu to brighten the party’s chances running into trouble hasn’t helped the cause.
On Tuesday, party in charge of Punjab affairs Sanjay Singh confirmed that at a party meeting on Monday, it has been decided not to publicly criticise Chhotepur. “He is still a member of the party and the matter is pending before the two-member inquiry committee,” he said, adding that it was for the panel to take a call on making the sting video against Chhotepur pubic on the basis of which he has been accused of financial bungling.
Even as AAP tries to soften its stance, Chhotepur told Press that his possibility of making truce was bleak even if the party was to reach out to him. “I have been deeply pained by the entire episode. I just can’t get over it. I don’t need their clean chit as people of Punjab and the Almighty will see me through this crisis. It is just like rebirth for me as my own party had tried its best to see the last of me.”
Interestingly, party leaders, who have been too enthused about demanding Chhotepur’s sack on Friday, are now listing out his achievements as convener of the party for two years. “It is up to the probe panel to decide on his fate. The rival parties cannot be given a chance to enjoy the situation if there is open criticism of a party leader. Meanwhile, a clean chit cannot be ruled out based on how incriminating the evidence is,” said one of those leaders.
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