KHATKAR KALAN: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) parliamentarian Sanjay Singh on Wednesday said that the party’s massive victory in Punjab will boost its strength in the Rajya Sabha and party MPs would not have to beg the chair for “a minute” to raise issues of public importance.
At present, the AAP has three members, Sanjay Singh, Narain Dass Gupta, and Sushil Kumar Gupta, in the Upper House of the Parliament — all representing the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
“Now, we would not have to beg (the chair of the Rajya Sabha) for ‘one minute more’,” Singh told The New Indian here on the occasion of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s oath-taking in Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
Speaking about Mann’s tenure as a Lok Sabha MP, Singh said that parliamentarians will miss his strong voice in the Lower House of the Parliament. Mann represented Sangrur constituency in the Lok Sabha for 8 years and tendered his resignation days before his swearing-in as the 17th chief minister of Punjab.
“We will definitely miss his presence in the Parliament. He used to raise the important issues related to the country and the party very strongly in the Lok Sabha. Parliamentarians across the political spectrum, including Speaker Om Birla congratulated him,” Singh said.
The AAP stormed to power in Punjab in the recently-held election, winning 92 out of 117 seats in the state, a feat the AAP leader termed as “historic”. Mann registered victory in the Dhuri assembly seat with a big margin of 58,206 votes.
“The people of Punjab have shown immense love for the AAP in this election. This is probably the first time when a single party has bagged 92 seats in the state,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
Stressing that the AAP government will work towards building a “happy and prosperous Punjab”, he said that the party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s “Delhi model” of governance will be implemented in Punjab. All the promises made in the elections by Arvind Kejriwal will be fulfilled, he stated.
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