Former Punjab minister Joginder Singh Mann joins AAP, was with Congress for 50 years

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Joginder Singh Mann resigned from Congress and from the post of Chairman of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation.

Chandigarh:

Former Punjab minister Joginder Singh Mann on Saturday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) a day after breaking 50-year-old ties with the Congress ahead of the assembly elections. AAP leader and co-in-charge of Punjab Raghav Chadha said Mann’s joining would give a lot of strength to the party in the state. In a tweet, Chadha said, “Inspired by Arvind Kejriwal ji’s vision, former Punjab cabinet minister and three-time MLA Joginder Singh Mann ji joined AAP, ending his 50-year-old association with Congress. He was the chairman of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation.

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Chadha said, “Mann’s joining will give a lot of strength to AAP’s unit in Punjab.”

Mann, a Scheduled Caste (SC) class leader, was upset with the Congress for allegedly taking “no action” against the accused in the multi-crore post-matric SC scholarship scam and not granting district status to Phagwara.

Mann resigned from Congress and from the post of Chairman of Punjab Agro Industries Corporation. In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Mann, a three-time MLA from Phagwara, said he had a dream that he would remain a Congress leader throughout his life. Mann had served as a minister in the cabinets of Beant Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Amarinder Singh.

Mann had said in the letter, “The Congress is giving protection to the culprits of the scholarship scheme given after matriculation, so my conscience does not allow me to stay in the party.” February 14 for Punjab’s 117 assembly seats. Voting will be held on 10th March and results will be declared on 10th March.

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