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AAP removes Chhotepur as Punjab convenor

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016,12:10 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Cracking the whip, the AAP today sacked its Punjab convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who was heading the party in the poll bound state, in the wake of allegations that he took bribe from a ticket aspirant.

The decision to remove Chhotepur as Punjab convenor was taken by AAP’s highest decision making body, the Political Affairs Committee, presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai claimed that the party had received a series of complaints against Chhotepur after a video clip surfaced allegedly showing him taking money in a purported sting operation.

Chhotepur had rejected the allegations.

The meeting was attended by party’s top brass and MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, AAP’s Punjab co-convenor Durgesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Labour Minister Gopal Rai.

The party has also formed a two member team comprising Jarnail Singh, party’s co-convenor in Punjab and MLA from Rajouri Garden and retired IAS officer Jasbir Singh Bir.

“Chhotepur was also given a chance to exit honourably, but he denied that,” said an AAP leader.
Mann, who represents Sangrur, claimed the party has also received a compliant that Chhotepur sought Rs 60 lakh from from a ticket aspirant and the deal was fixed at Rs 30 lakh.

“The person has already paid him Rs 4 lakh, of which Chhotepur returned Rs 3 lakh. He kept the rest of the amount with him,” Mann said.

Jarnail Singh said Chhotepur will be given a chance to explain his stand.
Meanwhile, Chhotepur, in a news conference at Chandigarh, said, “I am saddened that the party, instead of defending me has levelled allegations against me.”