Bhagwant Mann strips 122 leaders of security cover, says cops are for public

Published on Mar 12, 2022 10:38 PM IST

A few hours ago, Mann met Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday to stake a claim to form the government.

Punjab chief minister-designate Bhagwant Mann speaks to the media after meeting State Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake claim to form the new government in Punjab.(ANI)
Punjab chief minister-designate Bhagwant Mann speaks to the media after meeting State Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake claim to form the new government in Punjab.(ANI)
Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Punjab chief minister-designate Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said that police deployment in the state will not be politician-centric but will be aimed at enhancing the security of the people. "The police are providing security to the politicians. We will deploy the police where it has to be deployed. The security of the people of Punjab is more important. I myself live like this," Mann was quoted as telling news agency ANI.

"Police stations are lying vacant. We will take only police work from the police force. I think the security of the people of Punjab is more important than the security of few people," the AAP leader added.

His statement came as the Punjab police ordered the withdrawal of security cover of 122 former ministers and MLAs. According to news agency PTI, prominent faces among those who may lose their security cover include former ministers Manpreet Singh Badal, Raj Kumar Verka, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Brahm Mohindra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, and former speaker KP Singh.

Mann, who will take oath as new chief minister of Punjab on March 16 after his party won a massive majority in the Punjab Assembly election, also said the new government will strive to take governance to the doorsteps of people so that they do not have to rush to the state capital to find solutions to their issues.

The AAP leader also said his government will take “historic” decisions without divulging further details on the same.

Mann said that AAP national convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Punjab on Sunday. "Arvind Kejriwal is coming to Punjab tomorrow. We will bow our heads at the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar. Will also go to the Durgiana temple and Valmiki Dham where Lord Valmiki had taught Luv, Kush," he said.

A few hours ago, Mann met Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh to stake a claim to form the government.

The AAP, which is in power in neighbouring Delhi, registered a landslide victory in the recently-concluded Punjab Assembly election, by clinching as many as 92 seats in the 117-member Assembly and snatching the state from the ruling Congress.

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