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Phagwara, Jan 14 : Former Punjab Minister Joginder Singh Mann, a prominent SC face of the Congress, on Friday quit the grand old party, ending 50 years of relationship. He also quit as Chairman of the Punjab Agro Industries Corp, a post which gave him the Cabinet rank.
In an emotive letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the three-time Phagwara MLA, who was a Minister in the cabinets of Beant Singh, H S Brar, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Capt Amarinder Singh, said: “I had a dream that when I die, the Congress tricolour will be wrapped around my body.”
He added: “My conscience doesn’t allow me to stay here.”
He said that maharajas, landlords, moneybags and opportunist leaders like Capt Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu and others had joined the party due to vested political interests. So, the Congress had drifted from its core values.
Mann further said that for last few months he was having sleepless nights because Schedule Caste students’ career had been ruined due to the government’s policies.
“It is not the same party whose leader Indira Gandhi ride atop an elephant to mourn the death of members of SC community killed in Belchi (Bihar). Today Congress leaders are drenched with the blood of SC students whose career have been ruined due to post matric scholarship scam,” he added.
He also said that residents of Phagwara have to travel around 40 km to Kapurthala to get their administrative work done. He had been repeatedly flagging the issue but his request had been ignored.
Mann also pointed out that in the last few years the party had given step motherly treatment to Valmiki and Mazhbi Sikh community.
He said the last Rajya Sabha member of the Congress from the community in Punjab was in the 1990s and the last Lok Sabha ticket given to a candidate of the community was in 2004.