Punjab farmers end rail blockade, to protest against ministers

Punjab farmers demanding better compensation for losses due to whitefly pest attack on cotton crop ended on Tuesday the week-long rail blockade and decided to protest against state ministers. After a meeting of eight farmers’ organisations here, the ‘rail roko’ (railway blockade) was called off on the seventh day. The protest had hit hundreds of … Read more

Punjab farmers’ agitation: Trains stopped, diverted

Thousands of passengers in Punjab were hit hard on Wednesday as a few trains were stopped by protesting farmers on the first day of their two-day agitation and some others were diverted by the railway authorities. The ‘rail roko’ agitation call was given by eight farmers organisations, including various factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, … Read more

Sikh shrine head injured after attacked by priest

The Jathedar (head) of the Takht Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib, the second most important shrine in Sikh religion after the Golden Temple (Harmandar Sahib), was injured when a ‘granthi’ (priest) attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon on Tuesday, police said. Mal Singh was taken to hospital following the unprovoked attack and discharged after treatment. … Read more

Farmers’ unions want higher compensation for suicides

While suicides by farmers in Punjab is rising, associations of farmers have urged the government to hike the compensation for farmers committing suicides. The associations have told the Punjab government that farmers also need to be paid more compensation for losses suffered in crop cultivation. Punjab’s southwest area, the Malwa belt, is experiencing the worst … Read more

10,000 Amritsar students dance for drug-free Punjab

Over 10,000 students in Punjab on Saturday staked their claim for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest dance performance at one place. The organisers said that the students at the historic Khalsa College campus in Amritsar also took a pledge against drug abuse. Organised by the Sun Foundation and the Amritsar … Read more

I’m a loyal soldier of AAP and there’s no reference to Arvind in the tape: Bhagwant Mann on leaked audio

Aam Aadmi Party’s MP, Bhagwant Mann has broken his silence on the leaked audio of his conversation with the expelled party MP, Dharamvir Gandhi. Speaking to the news agency, ANI, the comedian turned politician said,  “Mai AAP ka wafadaar sipaahi hun aur tape (audio tape) mein kahin bhi Arvind ji ka naam nhi lia gaya … Read more

Is Modi government snooping on our leaders: AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Bhagwant Mann’s leaked audio

Aam Aadmi Party leader, Sanjay Singh, has asked the Centre’s Modi government if it was snooping on its political rivals. Reacting to the leaked audio conversations of Bhagwant Mann,  AAP MP from Punjab, Singh told ANI, “Such edited audio and video clips are nothing new. People are not interested in all this. Both Bhagwant Mann and … Read more

Leaked audio of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann goes viral

An audio clip believed to be of Aam Aadmi Party MP, Bhagwant Mann has gone viral on social media.

In the 2.51 min clip, Mann appears to be in conversation with the expelled AAP MP from Patiala, Dr Dharmavir Gandhi.

The entire conversation is in Punjabi language and Mann is heard claiming his victory in Loksabha elections was because of his own celebrity status.

(Also Read: AAP suspends two MPs from primary membership for colluding with rival ‘Akalis in Punjab’)

He says, “I’ve won because of my own personality. I’ve been a celebrity for 20 years. Why have others not won? We are the real winners and we are also the winners of Delhi.”

(Also Read: Bhushan-Yadav criticise AAP for suspending Punjab MPs )

It appears to be more than six months old audio clip because in the leaked audio clip, Mann is also heard talking about attending a swearing in ceremony, which is likely to be Arvind Kejriwal’s oath taking ceremony on February 14 this year.

Interestingly, Gandhi is heard only agreeing with Mann and not joining the conversation. This has given rise to suspicion that he may have deliberately recorded the conversation.

Gandhi though confirmed the authenticity of this conversation but denied that the audio was leaked by him. According to Punjab Kesri newspaper, Gandhi blamed a ‘government agency’ for both recording this conversation and leaking it subsequently.

Jantakareporter.com made several attempts to contact Mann, but he was unavailable for comments.

The Public Affairs Committee of AAP last month had announced it was suspending two of its MPs from Punjab for indulging in anti-party activities. The two suspended MPs were Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa.

The PAC suspended both of them from the primary membership of the party before recommending disciplinary proceedings against them to party’s National Disciplinary Action Committee.

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पंजाब के लुधियाना में बुधवार से लापता एक छात्रा के साथ पहले किया सामूहिक बलात्कार फिर हत्या। उसके शव को कल रात एक नाले से बरामद किया गया, जिसपर कई चोट के निशान थे। डॉक्टरों ने बलात्कार की पुष्टि की है। बुधवार के दिन छात्रा का शिमलापुरी क्षेत्र में स्कूल से उसके घर के रास्ते … Read more

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas says his comments on Bhindranwale taken out of context

AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas​ on Wednesday released a short video explaining why his comments on Bhindranwale had been taken out of context as his intention was never to hurt anybody’s sentiments. This was after an old video clip of Vishwas surfaced on social media platform. In this clip, the senior AAP leader is seen … Read more

Bhushan-Yadav criticise AAP for suspending Punjab MPs

Former AAP leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, have criticised Aam Aadmi Party for suspending two of its MPs from Punjab from primary memberships. Minutes after the news of their suspension broke, Bhushan tweeted, “If AAP can’t tolerate selfless and committed Patriots like Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, there is clearly no space for honesty and dissent left … Read more

AAP suspends two MPs from primary membership for colluding with rival ‘Akalis in Punjab’

The Public Affairs Committee of Aaam Aadmi Party on Saturday announced it was suspending two of its MPs from Punjab for indulging in anti-party activities. The two suspended MPs are Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa. The PAC suspended both of them from the primary membership of the party before recommending disciplinary proceedings against them to … Read more

It’s Republic Day for Haryana CM, while Punjab minister Majithia unfurls national flag upside down

Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar, on Saturday wished everyone for ‘Republic Day’ celebrations. Speaking to reporters in Kurushetra, he said, “I extend my heartiest greetings on India’s 69 Republic Day.” He, however, corrected himself later used Independence Day in the subsequent conversation. Elsewhere, in the neighboring Punjab, the state’s revenue minister, Bikram Majithia began his speech after … Read more

Hero cycles founder Om Prakash Munjal dies on Thursday

A leading industrialist and the co-founder & chairman of Hero cycles, Om Prakash Munjal died in Punjab’s Ludhiana city on Thursday. According to his family, Munjal was admitted to the Hero heart Institute at Ludhiana’s Dayanand medical college and hospital where he died at the age of 87. Also, the founder of Hero motors, Munjal is … Read more