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Mann defends Punjab officials’ meeting with Kejriwal

By, Jalandhar
Apr 15, 2022 02:09 AM IST

Arvind Kejriwal met top officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on April 11. A day later, Mann called on Kejriwal in Delhi to discuss the AAP’s pre-poll promise of 300 units of free electricity as demand peaks.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday dismissed opposition parties’ allegations of being “remote-controlled”, after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal took a meeting of Punjab officials in Delhi in his absence, and said it was his decision to send the officials to the national capital “for training purposes”.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)

Arvind Kejriwal met top officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on April 11. A day later, Mann called on Kejriwal in Delhi to discuss the AAP’s pre-poll promise of 300 units of free electricity as demand peaks. The meetings evoked sharp responses from the Opposition, which accused the AAP chief of ruling the state via “remote control” and called Mann a “rubber stamp”.

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Talking to the media at an event in the Jalandhar district, Mann asserted that the training was for the “betterment of Punjab”.

“I’ve sent the officials earlier as well. They went to Gujarat and Tamil Naidu also for training. If there is a need to send them to Israel for training for the betterment of Punjab, I will do so.”

On the opposition’s charge of him being sidelined, the Punjab CM said: “Where and who is the opposition in Punjab? They had won by only 200-300 votes and there are only 17-18 MLAs. They should not criticise for the sake of criticising. People will give them a befitting reply. I will send my officials to Delhi, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Naidu in the coming days.”

Asked whether the AAP government will reinvestigate the role of former Congress minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot in the post-matric scam, Mann said: “You will see Dharamsot approaching the high court or sessions court for VIP facilities in jail.”

In the power sector, the chief minister said that the AAP government will make an announcement on April 16 for the people of Punjab.

Soon after Mann’s statement, Punjab Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira tweeted, “This is not only a belated afterthought cover-up by @BhagwantMann but definitely on instructions from @ArvindKejriwal who felt the opposition heat for summoning Pb officers directly to Delhi. All we want is that our CM shouldn’t be a dummy and remote-controlled.”

In a second tweet, Khaira said: “And this story by @BhagwantMann that these officers were sent to @ArvindKejriwal for training is another cock & bull story and a cheap cover-up attempt! Which rocket science training does Kejriwal give in a couple of hours of meeting? It’s better to tell the truth that they were summoned,” he added.

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    A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

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