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Aam Aadmi Party’s Political Fortunes in Punjab Nosedive After Infighting

The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him

by Jaideep Sarin

  • Aam Aadmi Party is currently in power in Delhi.
  • It started with a great enthusiasm in Punjab for upcoming assembly elections due in early 2017
  • The decimation of its core principles, constant friction with the Center and holier than thou attitude while its own failing cards have led to rapid downfall of the toddler political party

September 28, 2016: The AAP first saw infighting when it announced the names of candidates for 32 of the 117 assembly seats. Accusations of seats being sold to “moneybags and outsiders” were openly made.

While party leaders and volunteers, upset over the tickets distributed so far, started leaving, the Punjab unit was hit by another scandal as its convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, was sacked on charges of corruption after a video emerged in which he was allegedly seen taking money from a party volunteer.

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Chhotepur had also contended that wrong selections were made for at least 25 of the 32 seats.

The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him. Despite the AAP central leadership announcing a probe into the issue, Chhotepur refused to join the proceedings and openly defied the AAP leadership.

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Since then, Chhotepur and his supporters have started a political campaign against the AAP to “expose” the party’s leadership. Chhotepur openly accuses the AAP leadership, particularly AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior leaders Dugesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh, of sidelining the Punjabi leadership in the party.

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The AAP first saw infighting when it announced the names of candidates for 32 of the 117 assembly seats. Accusations of seats being sold to “moneybags and outsiders” were openly made.

While party leaders and volunteers, upset over the tickets distributed so far, started leaving, the Punjab unit was hit by another scandal as its convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, was sacked on charges of corruption after a video emerged in which he was allegedly seen taking money from a party volunteer.

Chhotepur had also contended that wrong selections were made for at least 25 of the 32 seats.

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The Chhotepur episode divided the Punjab unit in the middle with nearly half of its leaders getting behind him. Despite the AAP central leadership announcing a probe into the issue, Chhotepur refused to join the proceedings and openly defied the AAP leadership.

Since then, Chhotepur and his supporters have started a political campaign against the AAP to “expose” the party’s leadership. Chhotepur openly accuses the AAP leadership, particularly AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior leaders Dugesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh, of sidelining the Punjabi leadership in the party. (IANS)

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