So far, ex-Punjab Aam Aadmi Party convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur’s Parivartan rally has been going smoothly. He has garnered quite the support from Bhatinda, however Tuesday’s rally will be a litmus test for him.
The aftermath of the Chhotepur’s expulsion has been such that two other main office bearers of AAP’s unit in Bhatinda – Narinderpal Bhagta, the cities zonal coordinator and Harmilap Singh Grewal, the RTI wing state general secretary, have both resigned from their respective posts.
After continuous gathering by the Baghapurana AAP unit, organizers of Chhotepur’s rally have started worrying about bringing aboard people to the rally venue to show off their strength.
Though they claimed that many people were a no-show from the Bhatinda parliamentary constituency went to attend Baghapurana rally. However, newly appointed coordinator, Deepak Bansal, claimed that a good 15,000 people were present at the AAP rally from the Bhatinda constituency.
A meeting was held by the rally organizers on Monday to take stock of mobilization done in the village the past few days by volunteers.
“Many AAP volunteers and workers, who stood with the AAP in thick and thin, will attend Chhotepur’s rally. The office bearers across zone, who resigned after Chhotepur’s ouster, will bring people from their respective areas,” Bhagta said.
AAP has yet to declared the newly appointed candidate from Bhatinda urban constituency, he added that the senior leaders and workers who are willing to join hands with Chhotepur’s initiative are hesitant so as to remain in the good books of senior AAP leaders. Meanwhile, Harmilap Singh Grewal, former RTI wing state general secretary, said the response to AAP’s Sunday rally will not affect Chhotepur’s event.
On the other hand, Deepak Bansal has said that only the AAP leaders and workers who have been sidelined after Chhotepur’s expulsion will attend the meet.
“Chhotepur’s rally will have zero affect on the morale of mainstream AAP leaders and workers. Moreover, after Sunday’s show of strength, Chhotepur and his team should not keep any doubt about AAP’s wave across the state,” said Bansal.