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It seems there is no end to the internal bickering within the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In the latest episode, one of its current co-ordinators of the NRI wing and fund-raising unit in USA, Virinder Singh Parihar from Hoshiarpur, in an open letter to party chief Arvind Kejriwal highlighted the issues pertaining to involvement of party’s observers in drugs and selling AAP tickets.
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Kejriwal, who is touring Punjab was in Hoshiarpur Tuesday. Parihar accused Kejriwal of “being surrounded by sycophants“ who misguided him due to which several honest persons left the party.
According to sources, he was one of the aspirants for getting a ticket from Hoshiarpur but after the announcement of candidates when he saw no option then he chose this way.
Sources in the AAP also informed that even party’s senior leader and co-incharge Punjab affairs Jarnail Singh had also met him to pacify but the effort went in vain.
They claimed said that he might join Sucha Singh Chhotepur now as he had held some meetings with him earlier.
Parihar, in his letter dated November 30 (which he says got written by mistake instead November 29) to Kejriwal on Tuesday reads, “I welcome your statement to make Punjab drug-free in one month. But it is so ironic that the observers you sent in Punjab are opium addicts and alcoholics.”
Taking a dig at another senior leader of the party Durgesh Pathak, he mentioned in the letter that he has substantial proofs including videos, pictures to expose them and that his repeated complaints against them to Pathak went ignored.
The Punjabi and non Punjabi debate was a hot topic in AAP as the 54 odd observers sent by Kejriwal from outside were not liked by the party’s leaders from Punjab.
“Kejriwal ji, you talking about eliminating corruption, while your observers are corrupt, I will provide a list of persons cheated and looted by them. Since, I was fund-raising co-ordinator of this zone I know around Rs 2 crores was collected from each constituency some legally with cheques but most illegally. All this money, which comes to approximately Rs 200 crore belong to people of Punjab, you must return it. I also know who transported this money to Delhi and which vehicles were used,” he wrote.
AAP chief spokesperson (Punjab) Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that if he has some proof, he should show it and the party will see how authentic the allegations are.