Bhagwant Mann govt ‘fiercely honest’, several steps taken to rein-in corruption, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday described the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP government in Punjab as “fiercely honest” which has not hesitated to take “hard decisions”, including steps to rein-in corruption, during its three month tenure so far. The Aam Aadmi Party national convener launched a scathing attack on previous regimes, saying various kinds of … Read more

Gujarat: Not joining BJP on Monday, says Hardik Patel

Former Congress leader Hardik Patel denied speculation that he will join the BJP on Monday, and took to Twitter to attack the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the killing of popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. “I am not joining BJP tomorrow…will let you know if something like this happens,” Patel told PTI on Sunday. Patel, … Read more

Punjab govt will soon end VIP culture in jail: CM Bhagwant Mann

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday said his government will soon end the “VIP culture” in state jails by converting “VIP cells” there into administrative blocks. Mann made the announcement in a video message emphasising that jails would be converted into ‘Sudhar ghar’ (correctional facilities) in the true sense. The chief minister expressed his … Read more

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann to visit Delhi to study AAP initiatives

After studying the free electricity model in Delhi, the newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab will now examine the national capital’s initiatives in education and healthcare sectors to introduce similar reforms in the border state. Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann will be on a two-day visit to Delhi with health minister Vijay Singla and … Read more

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann announces relief for transporters

In a relief to Punjab’s transporters whose business suffered due to Covid pandemic, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday allowed them to pay motor vehicle tax without any penalty in the next three months. “Today we are fulfilling our promise made with transporters. Because of corona (virus), those transporters who could not pay motor (vehicle) … Read more

Sidhu says Congress needs to reinvent itself, backs ‘honest man’ Mann in fighting mafia

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said the party lost the Punjab elections because of the “mafia raj” that prevailed in the state and it now needed to reinvent itself, while praising Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann as a younger brother and an “honest man“. He said he will support Mann, whose Aam Aadmi Party … Read more

Arvind Kejriwal meets Punjab officials without CM Bhagwant Mann

The newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab is courting its first political controversy over Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal convening a meeting of the state’s officers in the absence of Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday. The Opposition parties alleged that the Punjab government was being ‘remote controlled’ by the AAP chief … Read more

Will 2022 be any different for AAP in Punjab’s political landscape?

The meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2014 Parliamentary polls and then in the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab followed by its nosedive owing to ‘mass exodus’ of its legislators is proving a litmus test for the party in the February 20 Assembly polls in the state. Political observers say AAP … Read more

Punjab polls: AAP’s Bhagwant Mann declares assets worth 1.97 crore

AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann, contesting from the Dhuri assembly seat in Punjab, has disclosed owning total assets worth Rs 1.97 crore, including two Toyota Fortuner SUVs worth Rs 27 lakh and immovable assets worth Rs 1.49 crore. The 48-year-old Mann disclosed his assets in his affidavit on his assets and liabilities, filed along … Read more

AAP will not forge alliance with any party for Punjab Assembly polls next year: Raghav Chadha

The Aam Aadmi Party will not forge alliance with any political party for the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls, said the party’s senior leader Raghav Chadha in Chandigarh on Monday. Chadha, who is AAP‘s Punjab co-incharge, said his party will contest all the 117 Assembly seats on its own. “AAP will fight the 2022 elections on … Read more