‘Ke­jri­wal never blamed Pun­jab for Delhi pol­lu­tion’

EYE ON POLLS Will de­clare all Lok Sabha can­di­dates by month­end: Bhag­want Mann

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB/U'KHAND - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AMRITSAR: De­fend­ing Delhi chief min­is­ter (CM) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) na­tional con­vener Arvind Ke­jri­wal over his state­ment, where he blamed the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to con­trol pol­lu­tion and wors­en­ing air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) of the na­tional cap­i­tal, San­grur MP Bhag­want Mann Fri­day said, “He (Ke­jri­wal) did not blame Pun­jab for the pol­lu­tion in Delhi.”

Mann was here to in­au­gu­rate the poll of­fice of Amritsar can­di­date Kuldeep Singh Dhali­wal.

Re­ply­ing to a query, Mann said, “Those who were present dur­ing the press con­fer­ence ad­dressed by Ke­jri­wal in Chandigarh, know quite well that he did not hold Pun­jab re­spon­si­ble for the in­creased pol­lu­tion level in Delhi.”

“Ke­jri­wal had only said that the pol­lu­tion level in Delhi in­creased sud­denly af­ter Oc­to­ber 25. He made the state­ment as stub­ble burn­ing is go­ing on in Pun­jab.He only pointed out that the prac­tice is the rea­son be­hind the pol­lu­tion in Delhi on No­vem­ber 1,” said Mann.

Mean­while, kick­ing off the cam­paign for the up­com­ing Lok Sabha gen­eral elec­tions, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) San­grur MP Bhag­want Mann said, “The rest of the can­di­dates will be an­nounced by No­vem­ber end.”The party has an­nounced five can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Kuldeep Dhali­wal, so far.

From San­grur and Frid­kot seg­ments, sit­ting MPs — Bhag­want Mann and Prof. Sadhu Singh — will con­test the polls, while Ravjot Singh and Narinder Singh Shergill will be con­tenders from Hoshiarpur and Anand­pur Sahib seg­ments. The can­di­dates for eight seg­ments are yet to be an­nounced. “We will raise the same is­sues this time as high­lighted dur­ing assem­bly elec­tions as noth­ing has changed in Congress regime.”

Tak­ing a jibe on party’s rebel MLA Sukh­pal Singh Khaira’s state­ment that Delhi lead­er­ship im­posed its de­ci­sion re­gard­ing al­lot­ment of party tick­ets for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, Mann said, “Ticket for Bho­lath seat was also al­lot­ted by Delhi lead­er­ship.”

No­tably, Khaira is MLA from Bho­lath seg­ment in Ka­purthala dis­trict. Re­ply­ing to a query on the spec­u­la­tions about float­ing a dif­fer­ent party by Khaira fac­tion, Mann said, “Ev­ery­one has a demo­cratic right to form their own party, but the pub­lic will de­cide about the suc­cess of that party.”

SAMEER SEHGAL/HT

Aam Aadmi Party MP from San­grur Bhag­want Mann with other party lead­ers ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons in Amritsar on Fri­day.

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