he Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday evening removed its Punjab chief, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, from the post and formed a panel to probe allegations of corruption against him. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s political affairs committee (PAC), its highest decision-making body, in Delhi and confirmed by PAC member and Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh.
It may be recalled that Mr Chhotepur had earlier in the day made public a conversation between him and Mr Kejriwal. According to Chhotepur, in this conversation, when he explained his inability to defend the imprint of Jhaaddoo on an image of Sri Harmandar Sahib as this would have led to his being summoned by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and the possibility of being excommuncated from the Panth if he defended the pic, Mr Kejriwal remarked, “ Aap ko panth se nikaal dete to kya ho jata.” ( So what if they had thrown you out of Panth!”) At this, according to Mr Chhotepur, he expressed his inability to defend the
party on the issue and this was the beginning of his alienation from Kejriwal.