Ousted Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Saturday announced his political outfit Apna Punjab Party (APP) and releasing the party flag, in Chandigarh. He added that the party will fight in the coming Assembly elections in Punjab.
After launching the party, Chhotepur gave a clarion call to cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and other like-minded people to come together and save Punjab from “decadence” and bring it back the days of glory.
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He said he was ready to play a second fiddle to Sidhu if he could lead the front for the betterment of Punjab. “I have already requested Sidhu and other members of his outfit (Awaaz-e-Punjab) and I request them from this stage today that we should all get together,” Chhotepur said.
Chhotepur said if Sidhu’s front did not respond, then he would launch Progressive Punjab Alliance (PPA) and would invite all like-minded leaders, “I have already met Dr Dharamvira Gandhi on this account and he has given us assurance that they would join us,” he said.
The alliance would contest all the 117 seats, said Chhotepur but did not say how many seats his new party would contest for itself. The party will be registered soon and they will apply for a symbol.
Joining Chhotepur were several other former AAP members.
Seven former AAP zonal in-charges, RR Bhardwaj (who was head of AAP intellectual cell), Pavittar Singh (an AAP founder member), Hardip Singh Kingra and six others were inducted into Chhotepur’s party.
Kingra was named the general secretary of APP and Dr H S Cheema, former AAP zonal in-charge, was named treasurer.
Addressing the media, Chhotepur came down heavily on SAD-BJP, Congress and AAP. He accused chief minister Parkash Singh of reducing SAD into a family owned outfit. He said he knew all past presidents of SAD who did not pass on the reigns of the party to their family members.
He criticised AAP saying the leaders were wearing a mask of righteousness and national convener Arvind Kejriwal thought himself to be the only man with integrity in the country. “You will see how people of Punjab will reach them a lesson,” he said.
Chhotepur’s agenda is similar to AAP as he said if his alliance would be voted to power they will rout out VIP culture, exercise austerity and will say no to dynasty.