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‘We too are a double engine’: AAP CM face Bhagwant Mann seeks ‘mauka’ for him and Kejriwal

Aparna Banerji

Jalandhar, January 24

“Hun nahi khavange dhokha, Kejriwal Te Bhagwant Mann Nu Devange Mauka.” AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann issued forth the slogan sitting in front of a poster with these words today.

Addressing the press after holding canvassing for Jalandhar AAP canddiates here, Mann said this time the people of Punjab will be voting for twin faces of AAP supremo Kejriwal and him.

Taking on CM Charanjit Singh Channi on the money found from his nephew’s house, Mann said the CM couldn’t handle his relatives, how will he control Punjab?

From ‘Ik mauka Kejriwal nu’ in the previous elections — the Mann stated, this year ahead of the 2022 elections, AAP was asking people to give a chance to Kejriwal and him ndash; “Ik Mauka Kejriwal te Bhagwant Mann Nu”.

Mann said like Channi and Sidhu, theirs was also a ‘double engine’. However, he said the Congress pair but him and Kejriwal were in tune.

Mann added, “This time it is “Jodiyan Da Muqabla” (contest of pairs). On one hand there is the jodi of Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, on the other Sidhu and Channi. Kejriwal and me are like elder and younger brother. But houses where brothers live peacefully are blessed but those where they fight are destroyed. Sidhu and Channi keep saying different things. They said theirs is a Double Engine. Sade Vala vi Double Engine hai (ours is also a double engine). Our engine is on one track. But Congress has 4-5 engines running on different tracks.”

Emphasising on his new role as the Chief Ministerial candidate, Mann said, “Main Party Da pradhan aan, mere chehre te election lari ja rahi hai. Match jeet gaye to taliyan bhi kaptaan ki, match haar gaye to galiyan bhi kaptaan ki. (I’m heading the party. The election is being contested on my face. If the match is won, the applause belongs to the captain. If it is lost, the abuse is also hurled at him. If any seat is lost or there is any discrepancy, then too it will be my responsibility).”

Taking a dig at CM Charanjit Singh Channi on the recovery of money from his relative’s house, Mann said Rs 10 crore was a huge amount of money to be found in a CM’s relative house.

Mann said, “CM had inadvertently admitted some days ago that he couldn’t control his relative. I ask him, Sir if you can’t control relatives, how will you control Punjab? No one gives 10 crore to my (Mann’s) relatives or my nephew. The money must have been given for some wrongdoing. Channi sahab should tell what use was the 10 crore put to.”

Speaking on the issue of illegal mining Mann also said the former CM Capt Amarinder himself had expressed helplessness at taking action at so many Congress MLAs involved in illegal mining.

Questioned on the delay in release of Delhi blast convict Devinder Singh Bhullar, Mann said, “A legal committee has been made on the issue. The moment it tables its report, the AAP government will clear the matter by doing the needful.”

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