Bhagwant Mann attempts to strike a chord with Sangrur residents
With eye on 2019 parliament polls, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann is yet again trying to strike a chord with the people of the constituency. Mann has promised to visit the area as soon as the party is able to bag five seats out of nine segments in his constituency.punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2017 14:20 IST
With eye on 2019 parliament polls, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann is yet again trying to strike a chord with the people of the constituency. Mann has promised to visit the area as soon as the party is able to bag five seats out of nine segments in his constituency.
AAP MP and Punjab campaign committee chairman, Mann, during his Facebook live chat on Tuesday said, “I am a committed soldier of the party. We are with the party and will overcome our weaknesses. I was occupied in Punjab-level duties during the state assembly elections, so I was unable to spend much time in Sangrur. Now, I will soon visit Sangrur and will meet the people and stand by them in every situation.”
Mann is likely to reach Sangrur on Wednesday. He will be organising ‘Dhanwadi Dauras’ in different villages, in the upcoming days.
“The people of the constituency had defeated bigwigs in the 2014 elections. I also thank the voters of Jalalabad, who gave me above 56, 000 votes,” Mann added.
During the parliamentary elections, the AAP candidate secured 5,33,237 votes and defeated the then ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa with 2,11,721 votes. Even current Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla had lost his security deposit from the constituency.
In the state assembly polls, AAP won from Sunam, Dirba, Barnala, Bhadau and Mehal Kalan seats, but lost at Sangrur, Malerkotla, Dhuri and Lehra segments. The Dirba candidate, Harpal Singh Cheema, won with a margin of only 1,645 votes.
Former MP Vijay Inder Singla won from the Sangrur constituency with the margin of 30,812 votes and defeated AAP’s Dinesh Bansal in the assembly polls.
Singla had earlier said, “During my tenure as MP, I provided Shatabdi train and a branch of PGI hospital to the residents of Sangrur; but Mann has done nothing in the past three years.”
In the past, Mann has raised issues including farmer suicide, drug menace and demonetisation in the Parliament. “He has donated funds for schools, hospitals and panchayats, but it would benefit his if he manages to launch major projects here,” said AS Mann, an AAP worker.
“There is no doubt that the party failed to perform well in the state, but AAP has reached in the opposition. Mann has been raising people’s voice in the Parliament and is playing the opposition’s role. Mann can’t bring in major projects to the state because there is BJP government at the Centre,” said Harpal Singh Cheema, AAP MLA, Dirba.
First Published: Mar 22, 2017 13:44 IST