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For second time Bhagwant Mann becomes AAP Punjab President again



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Chandigarh: Sangrur Member of Parliament (MP) Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday took over as president of the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Mann took over the reins of the party unit here in the presence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the AAP in-charge for Punjab, leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and former AAP Punjab co-President Aman Arora.

This is Mann’s second stint as president of the state unit.


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He had resigned from the same post in March last year after AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tendered an unconditional apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia without consulting the AAP Punjab unit leaders.

Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, in the run up to the February 2017 assembly elections in Punjab had been alleging that Majithia was a “drug lord” and was patronizing the rampant drug trade in the state.

Mann and Arora had then (March 2018) tendered their resignations.


Bhagwant Mann takes over as AAP Punjab President for second time again:


The AAP’s national Political Affairs Committee (PAC) had reviewed Mann’s resignation after the Punjab core committee rejected it nearly 10 months after.

Mann, formerly a popular comedian-actor, has had his fair share of controversies in recent years, especially linked to his drinking habit.


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Mann had, recently, in the presence of Kejriwal and Sisodia, publicly announced at a rally that he had given up drinking completely from January 1.

Kejriwal had applauded Mann’s resolve to give up drinking.

The AAP Punjab unit has been facing a rebellion in its leadership ranks with several leaders quitting or being suspended from the party in the last three years.



Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide




Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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