The AAP Sunday appointed stand-up comedian and actor-turned-politician Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi as its Punjab convener in place of Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was ousted on charges of accepting a bribe.
Ghuggi (45) was appointed by AAP’s Political Affairs Committee in Delhi. He is considered close to the party’s Delhi-based leaders — state affairs incharge Sanjay Singh and national organisation building head Durgesh Pathak.
In his speech, Ghuggi defended party observers from Delhi. “The freedom struggle was won by Indians, and fought together as Indians. Similarly, we have been fighting the second freedom struggle in Punjab. Observers from Delhi have come to assist us,” he said at a party rally in Amritsar.
About his new responsibility, he said, “I hope God gives me power to meet the expectations… My parents had injected me with the drug of honesty and that is paying dividends know. I got this position due to my honesty.”
He said he respected Chhotepur and his issues with the party “can be still resolved if he comes with an open mind”.
Both Ghuggi and Chhotepur are Jat Sikhs from the state’s Majha region.
According to AAP sources, Ghuggi was the unanimous choice of party leaders and volunteers. They said the workers saw Ghuggi as a humble and hardworking leader.