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Will raise drug issue in Parliament: Bhagwant

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, May 18, 2014
First Published: 13:11 IST(18/5/2014) | Last Updated: 13:15 IST(18/5/2014)

Paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, newly elected Sangrur member of Parliament and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann on Saturday claimed that revolution had come yet in Punjab and he would work for making the state as dreamt by the martyr.


With his family at Shaheed-eAzam Bhagat Singh Memorial Complex in Nawanshahr, a moist-eyed Mann said he would raise the issue of drug abuse in Parliament citing facts and figures and would wear yellow turban during the session proceedings so that leaders who had forgotten the martyr should remember him.

Mann also put his winning certificate on the feet of the statue of Bhagat Singh and said this was just because of the martyr that he had joined politics and wanted to serve the country and its people.

On the good performance of AAP in Punjab, he said, “I am going to meet AAP’s convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday and will hold talk with other leaders to make the organisational structure of the party stronger.”

He said he would request all prominent leaders of his party, including Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav and others to visit the state and give special attention to it.

He told the AAP would also win the bypolls in three legislative assemblies of Dhuri, Talwandi Sabo and Patiala which had fallen vacant from after two sitting MLAs resigned, including Amarinder Singh who became the MP from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

Asked that people were now seeing him as the next chief minister of Punjab and AAP’s state president, he said the party would decide his role insisting he had entered the politics to serve people.

On possibility of Arun Jaitely becoming a cabinet minister in the next BJP-led government at the Centre, he said, “I will oppose his becoming a minister as he is not a representative of people in the Lok Sabha.”

Mann further claimed that revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia did not know how to read Punjabi but his (Mann’s) kids who were American citizens were not only able to speak but could also read it more efficiently than Majithia.

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