On the last day of his ‘Parivartarn Yatra’, sacked convener of Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit, Sucha Singh Chhotepur officially announced that he will be joining Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fourth front. Chhotepur was in Faridkot on Friday afternoon, where he concluded his Parivartan Yatra. While talking with the Indian Express, Chhotepur said,” I am in touch with Navjot Singh Sidhu, Bains brothers, Pargat Singh, Dr. Dharamvira Gandhi and several others. We all will be forming a fourth front and its name will be decided within a week.”
Chhotepur indicated that the name may not be necessarily be Awaaz-e-Punjab, as he said, “the name of this front will be decided collectively.” He said, “Dr Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa are also in touch with us and many other leaders too. If there is no legal hitch, than I am sure that Khalsa and Gandhi will also be part of the new front.”
He agreed that the time is too short for a new front to work in the whole state and to field candidates for 117 seats, but he claimed, “as AAP is in a panic now and is loosing popularity, we have no second thoughts left now. We are sure that people will vote for the fourth front and we will come in power.”
Chhotepur claimed that a short time period for a new party was enough for Punjab voters who make up their mind quickly. He added, “Punjab voters are revolutionists, no doubt they had made up their mind for AAP, but now (AAP) is losing ground, they had thought that nothing will happen to their party after they sacked me, however the candidates are in panic wherever I go. I am sure that fourth front will come in power.” Chhotepur this indicated that it will make a dent into the vote bank of AAP.
He said, “In 2002, I won as an independent MLA and remained independent throughout my term. Even at that time
competition was tough for me and hence I am used to this task. Now, a big team of like-minded people is going to join hands. So there will be ‘parivartan’ in the Punjab politics for sure.”
Talking about the sting operation done on him, he said, “AAP has nothing to explain about that sting, it is not based on facts and hence they have no answer for the same. I was part of this party for more than two and a half years and I got not even a penny from party for day to day functions. These were managed with voluntary donations. So they need to prove the charges leveled on me. It was a tactic to silence me when I raised objection over distribution of tickets, however, they under estimated me.”
Though Chhotepur did not get much response in Faridkot, he maintained that the kind of response he was getting every where was satisfactory and within a week, Punjab voters will get a new option to vote.