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Ilmi a T20 player, resignation not to affect AAP: Sangrur MP Mann

Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times  Sangrur, May 24, 2014
First Published: 22:53 IST(24/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:30 IST(24/5/2014)

Sangrur Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann on Saturday played down the resignation by AAP founder-member Shazia Ilmi from the party, saying she was a T20 player and it would not affect the party.

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"There are some T20 players who believe in small innings, but it won't affect the party," he said, adding that AAP is a democratic party in which everyone was free to give his view.

He said the party stood behind its leader Arvind Kejriwal's decision of refusing to furnish the bail bond in a defamation case following which he was sent to judicial custody.

Addressing his maiden press conference here after being elected to the Lok Sabha, Mann defended Kejriwal's decision by calling it a "principled stand" saying the party had decided that Kejriwal would not apply for bail and the AAP leadership from Punjab would continue its agitation in his support.

"Kejriwal had dared to expose former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is going scotfree and Kejriwal has been put in jail," Mann said, adding, "There have been several defamation cases against Kejriwal but this is the first case in which he had been asked to take bail, we don't understand what crime he has committed. The law should be equal for all."

While replying to a question related to the development of Sangrur, Mann said he would work to complete the pending development projects initiated by former MP Vijay Inder Singla.

"I will work hard to complete the pending projects, which were initiated by Singla. The foundation stones laid by Singla will not be removed," he said.

About his support to the Modi-led BJP government at the Centre, he said, "I will appreciate them if they do good work and will not hesitate to criticise their wrongs."

Mann, who reached Sangrur a week after his thumping win by more than two lakh votes, thanked the people of the constituency for reposing faith in him.

"Soon after the results I could not come to Sangrur as the party had summoned me to Delhi for media interactions. I plan to shift to Sangrur permanently in the next two months."

He said he would take oath in Punjabi for which he had filled a form in Parliament.

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