Congress SC leader and former Punjab minister Joginder Singh Mann quits the party

Severing his five-decade ties to Congress, Joginder Singh Mann, former Punjab minister and Phagwara party leader Joginder Singh Mann resigned from Congress on Friday and as chairman of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation (ministerial rank).

Although Mann, a Valmiki Madhvi Sikh, did not disclose his future plans, he has been in talks with the Aam Aadmi party and is expected to join the AAP in the coming days.

In a moving letter to party leader Sonia Gandhi, the three-time MP for Phagwara, who served as a minister in the cabinets of Beant Singh, HS Brar, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Captain Amarinder Singh, said: “I dreamed that when I die the tricolor of Congress will be wrapped around my body but with the bosses of Congress guilty of post matric scholarship scam, my conscience does not allow me to stay here”.

He said maharajas, landlords, moneybags and opportunists like Captain Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu and others entered the party in the name of vested political interests due to which the party got has moved away from its core values ​​and the focus has simply shifted to challenging the polls and capturing power.

He added that he had battled sleepless nights over the past few months because he was haunted by the thoughts of the millions of SC students whose careers were ruined because of the scam. Instead of punishing the culprits, the party protected them, he alleged, citing a recent cabinet decision.

“This is not the same party whose leader, the late Indira Gandhi, rode an elephant, as no other vehicle was available in bad weather, to mourn the deaths of members of the SC community who were killed in Belchi, Bihar Today, Congress leaders are soaked in the blood of SC students whose careers have been ruined due to the post-matric scholarship scam,” he added.

Mann said he repeatedly applied for district status for Phagwara in front of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and current CM Charanjit Singh Channi as residents of the area are forced to travel around 40 km to the district headquarters in Kapurthala, even for minor administrative work, but the two chief ministers blatantly ignored the long-standing demand of the people of the region. He said that if the leaders are not interested in responding to the demands of the people, there is no logic in clinging to the party.

The veteran leader also pointed out that over the past few years the party has been giving mother-in-law treatment to the Valmiki/Mazhbi Sikh community, simply using it as a vote bank. He said the Congress government led by Amarinder Singh was likely the first in the state’s history without a minister from the Valmiki/Mazhbi Sikh community despite the fact that a vacancy remained vacant for more than two years after the resignation of Sidhu. Instead, the party insulted the community, he said, adding that it was in the 1990s that the community saw its last Rajya Sabha member of Congress and the last Lok Sabha ticket given to a person in the community dated back to 2004.

He said all these reasons forced him to leave the party he had served with his sweat, toil and blood over the past 50 years in which he lost eight family members to terrorism. . “I had remained a loyal soldier of the party for five decades, but apparently the party doesn’t need us anymore, that’s why our loyalty is seen as our weakness. But we are strong enough to safeguard the interests of the people of Phagwara and the weaker sections in particular, even without the Congress,” he asserted.

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