Amritsar, January 18
Reacting to AAP declaring Bhagwant Mann as its CM face for the Assembly elections, PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu today said it’s people’s prerogative to accept him or not.
On mann as CM face
If the ‘groom’ (AAP’s CM face) has been decided, I congratulate them. But, the people of Punjab will take a call on whether to accept this ‘groom’ or not. — Navjot Singh Sidhu, PCC Chief
“If the ‘groom’ (AAP’s CM face) has been decided, I congratulate them. But, the people of Punjab will take a call on whether to accept this ‘groom’ or not. ‘Abhi Dilli badi door hai’,” he said during his visit to the East constituency.
Sidhu also made it clear that the next elections would be fought on a specific pro-Punjab ‘agenda’ and he stood by the welfare of the state. “Our high command (Congress) is intelligent. Whatever it decides, would be in favour of Punjab. I have a firm belief on the people of Punjab that they would vote for Punjab model. Sidhu stands for a roadmap. If agenda is there, Sidhu is there. If the motive is just to grab the power, then Sidhu would not be there,” he said.
Giving a glimpse of the Punjab model in respect of illegal sand mining, he categorically advocated for sole control of the government over the sand mining. He stressed the government-oriented mining corporation be formed by disbanding the existing thekedari system.
“Disbandment of the thekedari system on the lines of Telangana Government has to be adopted here. The sand is the resource of the government and it has to be sold at fixed rate, weight and date,” he said. He said it would be the transport mafia that misappropriated the sand. “That has to be curbed by making state-owned stock yards, online booking at fixed rate,” he said.
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