HS Phoolka Holds Massive Road Show; Chhotepur Refutes Allegations

DAKHA—A day after being declared Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate from Dakha, advocate HS Phoolka held a massive road show as he opened the official offices in Mullanpur and Chhapar villages yesterday, August 5.  Over 100 cars took part in the road show.  Phoolka was warmly welcomed and congratulated by the people of Dakha.

Phoolka declared Akali Dal-BJP alliance and Congress as different sides of the same coin.  “The war has begun and people will declare their verdict in 2017,” Phoolka said while challenging the opposition.

Speaking at the inauguration of the offices, HS Phoolka refuted the allegations being raised by SAD-BJP alliance that AAP for selling tickets.  He said that the AAP leadership was keen to its objective of ousting corruption from Punjab and the candidates will be nominated by party keeping in view this objective.

Addressing the media on the side-lines of the road show in Dakha, Phoolka said that Akali and BJP leaders ought to look beneath their own bed before levelling false allegations on anyone. He said that Akalis are renowned for charging huge ransoms from aspirants keen to contest polls.

Earlier, Health Minister of Punjab Vijay Sampla had alleged in the editorial of BJP’s official magazine ‘Kamal Suneha’ that the AAP leadership was charging large ransoms from the aspirants willing to contest assembly polls of 2017 in Punjab. Following this, all the prominent Akali personalities including Sukhbir Badal have taunted the AAP leadership of charging money from candidates. Sukhbir Badal had even said that the AAP leadership has fixed Rs. 1,000,000 crore as baseline for granting ticket from any constituency.

Meanwhile, Sucha Singh Chhotepur has denounced rumours of him leaving Aam Aadmi Party.  “I have always worked to strengthen the party and I will continue to work for its well-being,” Chhotepur told Sikh24.  PTC Punjab, along with several media outlets in Punjab had alleged that Sucha Singh Chhotepur was disappointed with the distribution of tickets for upcoming assembly polls in Punjab and had resigned from the party membership.  While speaking to Sikh24, Chhotepur however refused to comment on why he had walked out during a meeting with AAP’s state incharge Sanjay Singh on August 3 expressing disagreement with the ticket distribution list.

Notably, a list of 19 candidates for contesting assembly poll was made public on August 4 in Chandigarh where Sucha Singh Chhotepur was found absent.  

Sucha Singh Chhotepur said that he differs with selection of some candidates by the core committee and will apprise the National Convener Arvind Kejriwal with his views. He claimed that the core committee has ignored some volunteers despite their hard work for establishing the party in Punjab. Refusing to name the candidates and constituencies he disagrees with, Chhotepur expressed hope that Kejriwal will consider his pleas.

On being asked whether he would revolt if Kejriwal doesn’t agree with him, Chhotepur said that there were no chances of resigning as he has erected the party in Punjab by working hard for three years. He said that he would abide by the choices made by core committee.  

Today, while HS Phoolka paid obeisance at Sri Harmandir Saihb, Sucha Singh Chhotepur held Akhand Path Sahib for his birthday.


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