“Party leaders Kanwar Sandhu, HS Phoolka and I tried our best to reconcile Chhotepur, but he had already made up his mind to hold the press conference (where he alleged party colleagues were behind the “sting”),” said Khaira. “I have heard that the sting (that alleged Chhotepur had accepted bribe) was done by someone inside the party, which is unfortunate.” At the same time, Khaira said Chhotepur’s rejection of the inquiry committee was not right.
He also described Chhotepur’s comments and outburst against party chief Arvind Kejriwal and alleged remarks against Sikhism as “ridiculous”. He claimed Kejriwal respected Sikhism and Sikhs, which is apparent after he constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe allegations of Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots.
“Although Delhi leaders Durgesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh have done a lot to build the party in Punjab but now they should also believe in Punjabis a little bit more and give them more responsibilities so that Punjabis feel it as their on party,” said Khaira. He added that theses concerns were already raised at party platforms and the response has been positive.
Lashing out at PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh for accusing him and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for collecting illegal funds from NRIs, Kahira dared him to support his claims.
“Captain Amarinder Singh and his family are neck-deep in corruption,” said Khiara, pointing out that Amarinder was facing two major cases of corruption involving hundreds of crores of rupees.
“I never visited Canada (as alleged by Captain) recently. I was sent on an official tour to USA in April, where the party held official fund-raising functions. It is also true that during my 20-day tour the party was able to raise a decent amount in funding. All donations were received through credit cards only from Indian passport holder NRI’s,” he said.