Recently, Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with officers from Punjab, and CM Bhagwant Mann was not in that meeting, which provoked a huge controversy. The Congress party alleged CM Bhagwant Mann as a “remote control” of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Now Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has clarified on the opposition’s “remote control” allegation after the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal met the Punjab officials in Delhi, saying
“It was my own decision to send the officials for training purposes. If and when needed, for training purposes, I can send my officers to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and even Israel. Why should anyone object to that”?
“They (Delhi government) are specialists in education, power, and health. Why shouldn’t I send the officers?”
This statement is seen as CM Mann’s backlash to former CM Capt Amarinder Singh who criticized the meeting, tweeting:
“Worst was feared, worst happened.
@ArvindKejriwal has taken over Punjab much before it was expected to happen. That @BhagwantMann is a rubber stamp was a foregone conclusion already, now Kejriwal has proved it right by chairing Punjab officers’ meeting in Delhi.”
CM Mann countered:
“Is Captain Amarinder Singh everybody?”
“Who and where is the opposition? Don’t just criticise for the sake of criticising. It was I who sent the officers to Delhi for training. They can go anywhere to learn good things. I was the one who allowed that”, he further added.
Meanwhile Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira remains dissatisfied with Mr Mann’s explanation, calling it a “belated cover-up” by CM Bhagwant Mann as ordered by his party chief and Dekhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Recently Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had met with top officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in Delhi where Punjab’s Chief Secretary and Secretary (Power), were also present.
Not only Capt Amarinder Singh and the Congress leaders but even the Akali Dal has slammed CM Bhagwant Mann over this.
Ex-PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has quote-tweeted Delhi CM Kejriwal’s tweet of 2018, where he wrote:
Under which provision of the Constitution does LG have powers to replace the Chief Minister? I have not authorised him to go in my place. https://twitter.com/scribe_prashant/status/1008198934022492160
Ex-PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has quote tweeted this old tweet:
… Double standards !!
@ArvindKejriwal, Under which provision of the constitution does Chief Minister of Delhi has power to chair meeting of Chief Secretary and other senior IAS officers of Punjab ? Has
@BhagwantMann authorised you or he is just a symbolic CM ?
The landslide victory of the AAP in Punjab assembly elections and the defeat of the Congress, BJP, and Akali-BSP alliance has created a history as the first time the AAP came to power in Punjab.
But even during the elections, the political opponents of the AAP were saying that Kejriwal wants to become the CM of Punjab, though the AAP had announced Bhagwant Mann as its CM face.