Mann accuses SAD, BJP, Cong of pushing Punjab into crises

  • BB Goyal, Hindustan Times, BARNALA
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2015 22:54 IST

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann accused the SAD, the BJP and the Congress of pushing Punjab into crises as the state was now afflicted with problems of the drug menace, unemployment and poverty.

Mann was speaking at the party rally held at the grain market in Mehal Kalan on Saturday under its 'Punjab Jodo Abhiyan' (Join Punjab mission).
It was the 20th rally under the abhiyan out of the 32 rallies the AAP has planned to hold up to October 2. Mann said the abhiyan rallies must be an eye-opener for mainstream parties, which are terming the AAP a bubble.

AAP Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Ashutosh also attended the rally.
Mann said, “There are a lesser number of police personnel in police stations as 70% of police personnel are sitting in tents outside the homes of leaders.”

“Sukhbir Singh Badal says people gather in our rallies due to the jokes I crack. When junior Badal says that he would make Punjab a California, it is a joke. When he says that buses with dual capability of running in water and on roads would be introduced, it is a joke,” Mann said.

Mann said, “We do not promise to make Punjab a California, but we aspire to make it Punjab of yesteryears where people can live with self-dignity and disease-free.”

“You see that people coming in AAP rallies come from the vicinity unlike other parties that offer meals, transportation and even cash amounts to allure people to attend their rallies on ‘daily wages’,” Mann said.

Regarding the party structure, Mann said, “We have finalised our 4-layer organisation structure. Lists of conveners and in-charges at different level have been finalised which we would announce soon.”

Phoolka resigns

Regarding AAP leader and advocate HS Phoolka’s resignation from all party posts, Mann said, “He wants to devote ‘undivided attention’ to the anti-Sikh riots case which is at a ‘crucial juncture’. We should appreciate that Phoolka resigned to plead the case of Sikh victims.”

"Phoolka has not resigned from primary membership of the party," Mann added.

Phoolka was the in-charge of the legal cell of AAP besides being national spokesperson of the party.


Bathinda: Aam Admi Party (AAP) also organised a rally at the grain market of Goniana Mandi of the district on Saturday. All the senior leaders was present at the rally. The time given for rally was 3pm but it got started after 5pm.

Bhagwant Mann, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Sucha Singh Chotepur attacked the Punjab government in their speeches. Bhagwant Mann said that the whitefly has finished cotton farmers of Malwa while drugs are taking the toll of Punjabi youth, but the government is doing nothing.

In-charge of Punjab affaires Sanjay Singh said that the AAP would not allow the nepotism in politics, while Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur blamed the Punjab government for pauperising the state.

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