Sangrur (Punjab): Aam Aadmi party Punjab Chief Ministerial candidate Bhagwant Singh Mann on Sunday challenged Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to contest against him from Dhuri. The statement of AAP leader came after Channi challenged him to contest from Chamkaur Sahib.
“I am getting a lot of love. Every time I have come to Dhuri, I have always received love. Whenever I come here, the people of Dhuri always break their own record of love they had given to me so far,” Mann told the media persons in Dhuri.
“Yesterday Charanjit Singh Channi challenged me to fight from Chamkaur Sahib. That’s a reserved seat, so I can’t fight from there. That’s why I said that if you have so much passion to fight against me, then you come to Dhuri,” he added.
On being asked about fear of arrest of Delhi minister Satyendra Jain, he said, “Even before this, there was Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation raid at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house. Nothing was found.”
AAP’s Raghav Chadha has said that the decision to field Mann, who is MP from Sangrur, from Dhuri is part of the election strategy. Mann had contested the last polls from Jalalabad against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal.
In 2017 polls, AAP had fielded some of its heavy-weight leaders against big leaders of other parties. The comedian-turned-politician vowed to bring the state’s glory days back expressing confidence that AAP would be victorious with more than two-third majority and make the state “Rangla Punjab” again.
When asked about his priorities if he is elected as the chief minister, the AAP leader said that he would address the issues relating to drug addiction and the unemployment of youth. “The biggest cause of drug addiction is unemployment. The working man does not take drugs. If people get employment, people start going to work, then the drug issue will end. But we will find the big fish as well,” he said.
The polls to elect 117 members of the Legislative Assembly in Punjab will be held on February 20. The counting of votes will be done on March 10.
(With Inputs from ANI)