A day after Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal said that Bhagwant Mann, Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Sangrur, wanted to join SAD, the latter has condemned Sukhbir for lying in public rallies.
“I never met him (Sukhbir) or expressed my interest to join SAD, though they had approached me and offered me party ticket, power and money. But I declined joining SAD as I am on a mission not on commission”, Bhagwant Mann told the Hindustan Times.
He said, “I entered the politics to make it corruption-free. Earlier I had joined the People’s Party of Punjab as it’s chief Manpreet Badal promised me to fight against corruption and unemployment but when he forgot his mission, I joined the Aam Aadmi Party, which I feel is the best alternative for the clean-up of politics”
“How can I join SAD to remove corruption as corruption has increased manifold during SAD and Congress regimes in Punjab”, he added.
“Hasane wale ko vote dalte hai ya rulane walon ko, Punjab ke bot se log kafi time se hanse nai hai”, he quipped.
On his maternal uncle Gurcharan Singh joining SAD, he said: “SAD candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa is worried about his political prospects since I have launched my campaign. Now the standard of SAD has declined as my “mamas” and “fufaas” (uncles), who failed to run their houses, will run SAD”,
Soon after AAP declared Bhagwant Mann as its candidate from Sangrur, the direct contest between the SAD and the Congress turned into triangular. Eyeing rural vote bank, Mann has left Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and sitting Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla far behind in the election campaign, as he has already completed the first round of his campaign and covered about 200 villages of the constituency.
Mann also said he was very much enthusiastic about the proposed visit of AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal one week before the polling in Punjab. “We will launch a road show which will cover, Barnala, Malerkotla, Dhuri, Sangrur and Sunam which will give a boost to AAP”, said an enthused Mann.