ED raids on kin motivated by BJP, people of Punjab are with Congress: CM Charanjit Channi | EXCLUSIVE

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ED raids on kin motivated by BJP, people of Punjab are with Congress: CM Charanjit Channi | EXCLUSIVE

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi alleged that the raid on his nephew’s house was politically motivated and claimed that the “people of the state are with Congress”.

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In a special conversation with India Today, Channi said that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the Centre was behind the ED raids on his family.

He said, “Whether it is West Bengal or Tamil Nadu, the BJP has been conducting ED raids during elections to suppress voices. But we are not going to be afraid. The people of Punjab are with us.”

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When asked about the party’s CM face, Channi said, “I am the Chief Minister. The party will decide what to do next after the elections.”

Read | Channi announces ‘Mission Clean’ to go strict on illicit sand mining, liquor and drug trade

Let’s not defeat each other: CM Channi’s message for Sidhu

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On state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s statement that no one can defeat the Congress except Congress itself, he said, “If he thinks so, why does he not do something, why not do it right.”

Channi said, “If he knows this, then let’s not defeat each other. I would say let us go together. I feel that we are moving together. Congress will win.”

SAD leader Majithia promoted drugs in Punjab: CM Channi alleges

Responding to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia’s allegations, Channi said that Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal connived with the mafia in the past. He alleged that Majithia promoted drugs in Punjab.

On Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann, Channi said, “He is a person who packs up at 4-5 pm.”

Channi alleged that in the state Assembly an MP sitting next to Mann had once complained to the Speaker that the AAP leader smelled of alcohol.

“There is a big difference between street and stage. Mann may be good on stage but not good for the state,” Channi said.

On Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Channi said, “He first accuses a person and then apologises later.”

On Bhagwant Mann’s selection as AAP’s CM face, Channi said, “What Kejriwal said that he took people’s opinion for the CM face over the phone is absolutely wrong. It cannot happen in such a short time.”

Congress will defeat Captain: CM Channi

On Captain Amarinder Singh, Channi seemed confident that Congress would defeat the former CM no matter who the party fields against him. “Captain Amarinder Singh will not be able to win the election this time,” he said.

The Punjab Assembly elections will be held on February 20 to elect 117 members to the state Legislative Assembly. The results will be declared on March 10.

Also Read | Congress tweets video hinting at Channi as CM face for Punjab polls, Sidhu camp plays it down

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