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Former Punjab IGP joins AAP in the presence of Kejriwal

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh. File Photo.  

Ahead of the Assembly polls due early next year, AAP supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said a member of the Sikh community would be party’s Chief Minister face in Punjab.

He was speaking in Amritsar after inducting former IGP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, a member of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the 2015 Kotkapura-and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents, into the party.

“Punjab needs a new leadership and deliberation within the party on this is going on. But I can definitely tell you that AAP’s CM face for Punjab would be from the Sikh society, of whom Punjab will be proud,” he said.

Hitting out at the ruling Congress and other parties, Mr. Kejriwal said the State has been going through a hard time. While people are suffering due to the pandemic, the ruling Congress party has been busy in internal feud. “They are fighting among themselves for power. One says I want to be the CM..the other says I want to be the CM,” he said.

Mr. Kejriwal said the people earlier did not have any option, but now they have one. “The People of Punjab had given chance to traditional parties, but nothing had changed as they were only after the chair, power and corruption. I appeal to the people to give a chance to the Aam Aadmi Party once which will change the position and direction of the State definitely,” he said.

Mr. Kejriwal said Mr. Kunwar was instrumental in exposing the ‘masterminds’ behind the the Bargari sacrilege of (Guru Granth Sahib) case and the Kotkapura police firing incident of 2015. “However, the entire system ganged up against him. He resigned when he felt that nothing can be done while staying inside the system. He left his job so that he can fight to deliver justice for the people. I want to assure that once the AAP forms government, the ‘masterminds’ of Bargari sacrilege case will be punished.”

Mr. Kunwar said, “If Sri Guru Granth Sahibji could not get justice in the land of Punjab, then what would be the condition of the common man. With the formation of the AAP government, common people will be able to use their power.”

Mr. Kunwar had taken premature retirement in April after the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the report of the SIT of Punjab Police (of which he was a part) into the firing incident. Later on, consequent to the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the State government constituted another three-member SIT and directed it to complete the investigations into the police firing incidents, preferably in six months, as per the court’s orders.

Two persons were killed in the police firing in Behbal Kalan of Faridkot district in 2015, which followed the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari.


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