1. AAP removes Chhotepur as Punjab convenor

AAP removes Chhotepur as Punjab convenor

Aam Aadmi Party today removed Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the party's Punjab convenor over allegations that he took bribe from a ticket aspirant.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 26, 2016 10:05 PM
The Aam Aadmi Party co-founder has visited the poll-bound state twice over the last three months. The first time was in May, when Kejriwal formally announced the Aam Aadmi Party's decision to contest the Goa polls, along with Punjab. (Reuters) Aam Aadmi Party today removed Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the party’s Punjab convenor over allegations that he took bribe from a ticket aspirant. (Reuters)

Aam Aadmi Party today removed Sucha Singh Chhotepur as the party’s Punjab convenor over allegations that he took bribe from a ticket aspirant. AAP’s highest decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee, took the decision in a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence here.

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann told reporters that Chhotepur 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 Chhotepur sought Rs 60 lakh from from a ticket aspirant and the deal was fixed at Rs 30 lakh. The person has already paid him Rs 4 lakh, of which Chotepur returned Rs 3 lakh. He kept the rest of the amount with him,” Mann said.

Meanwhile, Chhotepur, in a conference at Chandigarh, said, “I am saddened that the party, instead of defending me has levelled allegations against me.” On the purported sting operation against him, Chhotepur said it was a “conspiracy” hatched by “my own friends within the party.”

21 AAP leaders from Punjab had yesterday shot off a letter to party’s national convenor Kejriwal asking him to immediately sack Chotepur from the party after a controversy erupted over a video clip allegedly showing him taking money.

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