AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who addressed a press conference at his Tilak Lane residence here, announced the sacking of Avadh zone convener Aruna Singh and Hardoi’s treasurer Ashok Kumar for demanding money in lieu of giving party tickets for Lok Sabha elections.
   
“These two demanded money from prospective candidates in exchange of party tickets. We received complaints following which we asked for evidence. When the party looked into the evidence, we found the allegations to be true,” said Kejriwal.
   
“However, no kind of financial transaction occurred. Based on the evidence, we decided to sack the two,” he added.
   
A party leader said a person named Rajesh Kumar from Sitapur had alleged that money was being taken in exchange of tickets, following which a sting was done by a news channel.
   
“Initially, when the voice record came to us, it was not clear. So, we asked the TV reporter to get fresh evidence and verified it after which an action was taken against the two,” he said.
      
Kejriwal asked the media and also the candidates looking for party tickets to conduct a sting operation if they found anyone demanding money.
   
“Whosoever does that, conduct a sting. We will verify it and the person will not be in the party for more than 24 hours after that,” he said.
   
Kejriwal further said that whosoever paid money for the ticket should assume that their money will be wasted.

“The candidate will also not get any ticket if he does this,” he added.

(Agencies)

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