AAP decides to pitch Bhagwant Mann against Sukhbir Badal

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo

Aam Admi Party has decided to field Bhagwant Mann from Jalalabad constituency to take on Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in the upcoming Punjab polls.

While making the announcement at a rally in Jalalabad, party convenor Arvind Kejriwal said that if Badal changes his mind and plans to contest from any other seat, Mann will follow him.

Kejriwal, who is on 11-day tour of poll-bound Punjab, was accompanied by Mann at the Jalalabad rally, Badal’s political home-turf.

I feel honoured that this opportunity in Punjab has been given to me,” the Mann said.

Mann, a Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur in Punjab has been barred from attending Parliament proceedings over controversial streaming of security arrangements within the Parliament premises. He was accused compromising Parliament’s security in July while filming the video and streaming it online.

On Sunday, Kejriwal attacked the SAD-BJP government in Punjab to say, “After Amarinder, the Akalis have plundered Punjab in its 10 years of misrule. Akali mafia runs every business — transport, liquor, cable, mining, hotel or land.”

“Bikram Majithia is running a drug racket in Punjab and I challenge him to get me arrested within the remaining two months of the SAD-BJP rule. If AAP forms government, I will put him behind bars,” he added.

Kejriwal also lashed out at the Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh.

“Tomorrow, I will also make public the details of Swiss bank accounts of Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and his family members. He has amassed huge wealth by looting Punjab when he was the chief minister from 2002 to 2007,” the Delhi Chief Minister alleged.

He also alleged that Amarinder transferred this “loot” to foreign accounts of his son Raninder Singh and wife Parneet Kaur.

“They have been summoned by law enforcement agencies including the Income-Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate,” he added.

Meanwhile, responding to Kejriwal’s threat to release documents to prove he and his family had foreign bank accounts, Amarinder described it as yet another theatrical gimmick by the AAP national convener.

(With inputs from PTI)