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Bhagwant Mann: Sukhbir wants to kill Kejriwal and me; freed criminals from Nabha jail for it

“Within 15 minutes of the incident, Sukhbir Badal issued a statement that Pakistan was behind the jailbreak. How did he get to know about it in 15 minutes?” Mann, who has been declared as AAP candidate against Sukhbir in the assembly polls due early next year, asked. “He backed (the jailbreak) and you can quote me for this!” he pointed towards the media from the stage.

punjab Updated: Dec 07, 2016 20:32 IST
Atul Nagpal
Bhagwant Mann speaking in Sirhind on Wednesday.
Bhagwant Mann speaking in Sirhind on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann has alleged that Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was behind the who the Nabha jailbreak “because he wants the shooters to kill me and (AAP supremo and Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal”. Six inmates, including dreaded gangsters and Khalistani militant Harminder Singh Mintoo, who has since been recaptured, had escaped from the jail on November 27 when a group of armed men stormed the jail.

“Within 15 minutes of the incident, Sukhbir Badal issued a statement that Pakistan was behind the jailbreak. How did he get to know about it in 15 minutes?” Mann, who has been declared as AAP candidate against Sukhbir in the assembly polls due early next year, asked in his speech at a local rally in Sirhind, held to campaign for party candidate Lakhvir Singh Rai from Fatehgarh Sahib.

“He (Sukhbir) backed it (jailbreak), and you can quote me on this,” he pointed towards the media personnel from the stage. “Pakistan da hath ni, tera hi hath hai Sukhbir seyan (Not Pakistan, you, Sukhbir Singh, have a hand in it)... Eh shooters nu kadd rahe ne ke Bhagwant Mann nu mar deo, Kejriwal nu mar deo (They are freeing shooters to get Bhagwant Mann killed, Kejriwal killed).”

He also alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by Sukhbir and the Congress had joined hands and were “shuffling leaders”.

‘Don’t want to attend Parliament’

About the controversy over a video he shot at Parliament, Mann said that he had made the video to show how MPs have to rely on fate (draw of lots) to ask questions in the House. “They (government) considered it a crime and barred me just because I ask questions.” Mann alleged that it has been several months and he is still not allowed to enter the House as the committee formed in this regard “is doing nothing”. “However, I do not want go back,” he added.

‘Akalis wants Cong to win’

Commenting on two Akali MLAs recently joining the Congress, Mann said the SAD and Congress “planned it to create the illusion that Congress is strong”. “As Akalis have already lost, now they have joined hands with the Congress and want to create the impression that Congress is better than AAP.” he added. “They are afraid of us and are playing a friendly match.”