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Posted at: Sep 21, 2016, 1:54 AM; last updated: Sep 21, 2016, 1:53 PM (IST)

Chhotepur to float party today

Will forge alliance with Sidhu, say loyalists
Chhotepur to float party today
Sucha Singh Chhotepur

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandiagrh, September 20

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur is all set to float a political outfit tomorrow which is likely to be named Aam Lok Party (Punjab). The outfit will forge an electoral alliance with Navjot Singh Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab.

Chhotepur's associate, a former AAP zone in-charge, said they had earlier decided on naming the outfit Aam Aadmi Party-Punjab. “But, we can’t do that as a party named thus is already registered with the Election Commission. So, we will form Aam Lok Party, Punjab,” he explained.

He said a draft constitution of the outfit was ready and would be finalised at a meeting here tomorrow. "The party will have its offices at Chandigarh or Mohali. Efforts are also afoot to set up district-level committees," he said.

When contacted, Chhotepur, refused to share any details, saying, "forming a party is a long process and may take more time." Another Chhotepur aide, ruling out a merger with Awaaz-e-Punjab, said: “They don’t have a pan-Punjab organisational structure like we do. Hence, we will forge an alliance with them."

Earlier, to initiate talks with Awaaz-e-Punjab and leaders of other outfits, Chhotepur had constituted a three-member committee comprising Gurinder Singh Bajwa, Col Jasjeet Singh Gill and Hardeep Singh Kingra.

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