Use of publicity vans by govt proves its failure: Bhagwant Mann

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mansa
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 15:03 IST
AAP member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann addressing a public meeting in Mansa on photo (HT Photo)

AAP leaders Bhagwant Mann and Prof Sadhu Singh visited Mansa and held a public meeting at the old grain market on Sunday evening.

Mann criticised the state government for not performing their duties towards the people of Punjab and for using vans in publicity drives to highlight their ‘developmental works.’

The meeting lasted for three and a half hour, and saw Sangrur MP Mann throwing repeated barbs at the state government.

The crowd grew impatient when Sadhu Singh rose to speak before Mann and virtually heckled him.

Another leader, who rose to read Kejriwal’s letter to Punjab’s chief minister (CM) Prakash Singh Badal, went unheard when Mann arrived on the stage.

On being asked whether they will go for a ban on liquor, as they have raised the issue of drugs, Mann said that the ban will only be reinforced if villagers oppose the presence of liquor vends in their vicinity.

It was his maiden appearance in Mansa as Mann has been skipping the previous meetings of AAP in the city. Protests by the youth, farmer suicides, agriculture crisis, and looming business remained the focus of the meeting.

“When we ask for jobs, they give us atta-dal. Some youth here in this rally are way more qualified than Dhindsa and Sukhbir Badal,” said Mann.

When asked as to why the party is playing religion-based politics by registering case against the CM over Mai Bhago scheme, Mann and Sadhu blamed SAD for such issues.

Recalling the Holi celebration pictures, Mann said that Sukhbir Badal resembled a rag-picker near a bus stand. He asked the voters to accept the bribe if it is offered by SAD leaders in exchange for vote, ahead of assembly elections.

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