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Sukhbir replies to Pargat's letter attack, calls him a ‘nice man’
06.08.16 - TEAM PT
Sukhbir replies to Pargat's letter attack, calls him a ‘nice man’



A day after suspended SAD leader and Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh strongly attacked Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in a letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the SAD president spoke in praise of the hockey Olympian on Saturday, saying he had always been fond of him.

Replying to queries of mediapersons on the second day of sangat darshan for villages falling under Balachaur constituency, Sukhbir said,”Pargat is a nice man. I am fond of him as I brought him into politics and gave him the ticket to contest in 2012.”

For the first time, Sukhbir also claimed that Pargat had earlier given his consent to be appointed as the chief parliamentary secretary but later backtracked. The deputy CM had suspended Pargat from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), accusing him of anti-party activities. He had stated that Pargat was in touch with other parties. However, the SAD president never elaborated on the 'anti-party' activities for which Pargat was suspended.

Pargat, in his letter, had termed the decision "illegal, illogical and dictatorial" and taken with a "sick mentality". He had also mentioned land and sand mafia active in Punjab and accused the deputy CM of coupling money and muscle power with his arrogance.

Sukhbir also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, calling it a "rabidly anti-Punjab party” that was "hobnobbing with radical elements”.

He said AAP’s source of funding needs to be thoroughly probed by the central government, and the party would meet the same fate as PPP in the coming Assembly polls, plagued as it was with internal feuds.

Over the stand of his party if an adverse judgment came in the Supreme Court, Sukhbir hinted that there were no plans of his MLAs resigning like the Congress legislators. "We can protect the waters of the state if we remain in the government. We would not let our authority finish at that crucial time.”




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AAP releases first list of candidates in Punjab, Mann to lead campaign
04.08.16 - team pt
AAP releases first list of candidates in Punjab, Mann to lead campaign



The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday released the first list of 19 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab , while naming the controversial leader Bhagwant Mann as the head of campaign committee.

Mann has been named chairman of AAP campaign committee for Punjab, news agency ANI reported. The minister is facing a probe for breaching security protocol with 12-minute Parliament video , which was apparently shot on July 21. In the video, which Mann posted on Facebook, he gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses barricades and enters the Parliament.

The most prominent figure in the first list of candidates includes noted Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka. Phoolka, who had lost the Lok Sabha election of 2014 from Ludhiana, will contest from Dakha constituency in Ludhiana district, said the Aam Aadmi Party, which has emerged as a major player in the state.

The senior lawyer had led a campaign to get justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and could be a strong contender for being projected as the party's chief ministerial face in Punjab.

The candidates are a mix of lawyers, activists, a former MP, sportsmen, an ex-serviceman, a doctor, an engineer and traders.

Himmat Singh Shergill will contest from SAS Nagar Mohali. He too, had unsuccessfully contested on AAP ticket from Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.




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