JALANDHAR: AAP’s former state convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, sharpened the attack on his party leaders from Delhi on Wednesday, calling them “daadvi” (invaders) and demanding that they make public all donations received and expenditures incurred by the party.
Addressing a gathering at an event of his ‘Punjab Parivartan Yatra’ in Jalandhar, Chhotepur described the Delhi-based leaders of AAP as ‘Dilliwalas’. Chhotepur has been vocal against AAP’s Delhi leadership ever since he was sacked as the party’s state convener on August 26, close on the heels of allegations that he demanded money for party tickets.
In Jalandhar, Chhotepur built his rhetoric around “Punjabis versus outsiders” and also drew a line between “those having money” (Delhi leadership) and “those having truth” (Chhotepur and his supporters). “You removed me on the basis of a cooked up story and a so-called sting that is not being made public. Immediately make public the donations you received and the money you spent in Punjab,” he asked the AAP leadership on the eve of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Punjab. “They should also give information about the Rs 22 lakh I collected from party volunteers and handed to them.” Chhotepur also asked Delhi-based AAP leaders to come clean on the issue of supplying public address (PA) systems in Punjab at inflated rates. “Now when the issue has been raised in public, the self-appointed custodians of honesty and transparency should clear the air about the money margin from sale of these systems to volunteers,” he said.
Chhotepur said he had tried to seek time with Kejriwal for six months before he was sacked. “I wanted to tell him about the loot by observers from Delhi and that he was not being provided a correct picture, but he would not give me time. When some well-meaning fellows went from Punjab to apprise him of the situation, he referred them to Durgesh Pathak, who was party to all which was going wrong in Punjab,” Chhotepur said.
He said the AAP supremo had in Italy that he would directly take command of Punjab affairs, but he always directly controlled the state. “Are Durgesh and Sanjay Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s men?” he quipped.
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