Punjab Elections: In his speech today, the AAP president promised the Punjab electorate “corruption-free” governance, a pledge that has helped him win the Delhi elections three times.
New Delhi/Chandigarh: Arvind Kejriwal, while endorsing AAP’s Punjab candidate Bhagwant Mann, stated that he lives like a normal guy in a rented house, unlike other state politicians who own “huge houses and cars.” “Yet he has a humble lifestyle,” he said of Mr Mann, 48, who has been an MP from Sangrur for seven years.
The AAP leader promised the public of Punjab a “corruption-free” government in his speech today, a pledge that helped him win three elections in Delhi.”On one hand, there are the Badals and their entire family. Then there’s Channi Sahab (the Chief Minister). Sardar Bhagwant Mann, on the other hand, is a unique individual. He has served in the House of Commons for seven years. If you become an MLA in Punjab, you get three to four homes and four to five big cars. Mr Mann has been an MP for seven years and continues to reside in a rented property “While criticising the old Akali Dal government and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Arvind Kejriwal said.
Mr Channi’s relatives were recently raided by the Enforcement Directorate in a sand mining case – giving fodder to the opposition ahead of polls.
Today, I believe the most pressing need in the state is for an honest Chief Minister. On the one side, we have leaders accused of drug trafficking, and on the other, we have leaders accused of sand mining. Then there’s this guy (Bhagwant Mann), who has never taken a dime from anyone.”While the state’s ruling Congress is still mired in infighting, the AAP, which has emerged as a major rival, today showed a united face.
Mr Mann praised his party’s leader for his “excellent governance” in Delhi in response to his endorsements.
“When I observed that the children of a Divisional Commissioner, a judge, and those living in slums were studying together thanks to Arvind Kejriwal’s revolution in Delhi, tears welled up in my eyes. Punjab will experience a similar educational transformation “- Mr Mann stated emphatically in his vote appeal.Mr Kejriwal recently announced that Bhagwant Mann had lately emerged as a popular option to be the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate in a tele poll.
It’s the first political party to name a candidate ahead of the elections on February 20. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress has stated that they, too, will release the name soon, adding that the decision will be made by party workers.