Punjab Congress is in the process of wooing AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, discredited by his party by conducting a sting operation on him and mulling his removal.
Chhotepur, sources close to him said, may quit AAP tomorrow after spilling the beans about the functioning of certain leaders of the party.
His son Ajaypal Singh told The Indian Express that he had not decided to join Congress yet. The next course of action would be decided soon, he said.
Sources said he was sent out feelers by the Congress already.
Later in the day, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh came out strongly to support him and called the sting on him a coup by outsiders. “The sting operation has clearly been conceived, planned and executed as part of an internal coup engineered by the AAP leaders from outside who want to control Punjab through remote by using their local stooges and inconsequential wannabe leaders,” he said.
He suggested to Kejriwal to also look into the “monumental transformation in the lifestyle of leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak since they started their political career in Punjab.”
In a statement issued today, Amarinder, while strongly defending Chhotepur saying he knew him for last 35 years, asked the AAP to explain the massive expenditure running into hundreds of crores of rupees it incurred during last two years in Punjab.
Referring to the AAP move to oust Chhotepur, he said, “it is a blatantly shameless attempt by people like Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and Ashish Khetan to control the party from Delhi, UP and Haryana”.
“I may have strong political differences with Chhotepur, but I also acknowledge and admire his qualities of honesty and integrity and will not like to keep quiet when he is being made a victim of an internal coup and intrigue”, he said, while adding, “it is disgustingly unfair that when you don’t like a man, you start tarnishing and targeting his unblemished image”. The PCC president said Kejriwal has a history and character of using and throwing away people. “He did it with his mentor Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Chhotepur is only the next and not the last in line,” he said.