Police deployment won’t be centered on politicians but for people: Mann

Punjab Chief Minister designate Bhagwant Mann said on Saturday that the police would be deployed for the safety of the people of the state as it is more important than “the safety of a few people”.

He said the Aam Aadmi party government in the state would only take “police work from the police force”.

“The police posts are vacant. We will only accept police work from the police forces. I think the safety of the people of Punjab is more important than the safety of a few people,” Mann told ANI.

He was responding to a question about reports that the new government had removed security for former ministers and MPs.

“The police provide security for the politicians. We will deploy the police where they need to be deployed. The security of the people of Punjab is more important. I myself live like this,” he said.

Mann will be sworn in as Punjab’s new chief minister on March 16.

He said the new government will strive to bring governance to people’s doorsteps so they don’t have to rush to the state capital to find solutions to their problems.

“We will make efforts to provide all amenities to people from the comfort of their homes. We have gone door to door for votes even in farmers’ fields. But after winning, we tell them to visit Chandigarh to make their work. I want a minimum of people to visit Chandigarh to do their work,” he said.

Mann also criticized previous governments and said they had not taken on the service of good officers because their governments “didn’t have pure intentions”.

“We will work hard and make historic decisions. There are many good officers in Punjab. Their services were not used before due to wrong intentions. Now there is a government with pure intentions. right decisions will be made,” he said.

Mann also said AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Punjab on Sunday.

“Arvind Kejriwal is coming to Punjab tomorrow. We will bow our heads at Darbar Sahib in Amritsar. We will also go to Durgiana Temple and Valmiki Dham where Lord Valmiki had taught Luv, Kush,” he said.

Mann and Kejriwal will organize a tour of Amritsar on the party’s victory in the Assembly polls.

Mann met Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday to demand the formation of the government.

The Aam Aadmi party recorded a landslide victory in the Punjab polls with 92 seats. The Congress won 18 seats out of the 117 members of the Assembly while the BJP won two and Shiromani Akali Dali three seats.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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