On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) expelled nine senior party as they felt that they were involved in anti-party activities. Out of the nine were some senior functionaries that were also ousted.
Most of the members that were let go on Wednesday were actively supporting punjab’s former convener Sucha Singh Chottepur.
Among those who were let go also included AAP’s national council member Paviter Singh and his wife, a member of the state of women wing, Lakhwinder Kaur.
Paviter accused party’s Punjab in-charge and national organization building head, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak respectively, for having demanded Rs 50 lakh for a ticket for his wife. Both men denided the charge.
Paviter also alleged last week that he along with other party members had gathered Rs 1 lakh party donation which they had deposited to Jarnail Singh, in the personal account of state co-in-charge and Delhi MLA, January last year but they were not handed any receipt from Jarnail for it.
Jarnail had even said there was “nothing wrong” in collecting donations for an election as long as he was accounting for it before the election commission.
Other leaders that have been removed from the party are state media team member Colonel (retd) Jasjit Singh Gill, Harpal Singh from NRI cell, Amandeep Singh Bains, the circle in-charge Jagtar Singh, Colonel (retd) Dalwinder Singh Grewal, Baljit Singh Chahal, and Amandeep Singh Boparai.
Most of these were actively assisting Chhotepur in the creation of his new party.
A party press release said these people “had maintained distance from the AAP in the recent past due to their anti-party activities. The AAP hereby clarifies that the party has nothing to do with these leaders anymore”.
Paviter to lodge police complaints
Reacting to the move, Paviter Singh said the AAP had “finally removed all doubts that it has completely deviated from the principles for which it was created”.
“The party has been taken over its Delhi leaders Durgesh Pathak, Sanjay Singh and Jarnail Singh,” he said. He would lodge police complaints on the basis of his earlier allegations, Paviter said.