President’s Rule Row: Punjabis Know How to Fight Back, Says CM Mann in Response to Governor

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, on Saturday, took a subtle dig at the threats made by Governor Banwarilal Purohit on the imposition of President’s rule in the state. Replying to the letter sent by Purohit, the CM said that 3.5 crore Punjabis knew how to fight back when ‘suppressed’.

Mann claimed that he had already replied to nine out of 16 questions raised by the Governor and the remaining questions were being followed up.

Purohit had threatened action under section 365 of the constitution against Mann alleging a “breaking down of law and order situation in Punjab” and asked him to immediately send a report concerning the action taken by the CM on the rampant drug trade issue.

The chief minister presented the data at a conference and said that the state had taken big action on the fronts of catching the drug trades and also in maintaining the law and order situation in the state. Mann said he was not replying as a CM but as a common Punjabi and on behalf of the 3.5 crore Punjabis.

“We fought for our freedom. We defended the borders of our country and fed the country with the Green Revolution. We stand with our country on all issues of national interest however I want to say that we know how to fight when suppressed and history has shown it,” said Mann.

The Governor alleged that he had received reports from various agencies concerning the pervasive availability and abuse of drugs in Punjab.