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Punjab households to get 300 units of free electricity from today, CM Bhagwant Mann calls it historic

Giving 300 units of electricity for free to each household was one of the key poll promises made by the AAP during the 2022 Punjab assembly elections.

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said that the state government is fulfilling its guarantee of providing free electricity for up to 300 units to each household every month. The CM said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has set a new example in the state. Amid the power crisis in Punjab in the recent past, the government is ready to give 300 units of free electricity to each household from July 1.

In a tweet, Bhagwant Mann wrote, “Previous governments used to make promises during elections. Five years would pass by the time promises were fulfilled, but our government has taken a new turn and set a new example in the history of Punjab. Today we are going to fulfill another guarantee made with the Punjabis. From today, each family across Punjab will get 300 units of electricity every month for free, he tweeted.

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Giving 300 units of electricity for free to each household was one of the key poll promises made by the AAP during the 2022 Punjab assembly elections. Raghav Chadha, AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP, said that after Delhi, Punjab has become the second state to give free electricity to its people and called the day historic.

Chadha tweeted, “Today is a historic day as Punjab becomes the second state after Delhi to get lifeline electricity free of cost. ‘Kejriwal di pehli guarantee’ to Punjabis becomes a reality.”

State Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema stated that the free power supply would bring an additional cost of Rs 1,800 crore to the state exchequer when he presented the AAP government’s first budget for Punjab on June 27.

He added that the state government intended to support this plan by reducing unnecessary expenditure and increasing its own tax collection. The step of giving free electricity up to 300 units will greatly benefit the Punjabis who are struggling with skyrocketing power bills.

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The police took cognizance of the matter after the viral video surfaced, and carried out searches in the area on Sunday. During the search, the police were able to narrow down three suspects from the locality and seized some narcotics.

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A video of a woman who is allegedly intoxicated and is failing to stand up still has caused quite a stir as it questioned AAP’s governance. The video remarks and highlights the ongoing drug addiction problem that the state has been plagued with.

In the video, a woman can be seen struggling to stand still as it looked like she was under the influence of drugs. The video is from the Maqboolpura locality of Amritsar. The locality from where the video surfaced is a reputed place for the genesis point of many similar incidents.

Maqboolpura is notorious for making the news for cases of similar nature. Even though there have been programs and campaigns that were launched to cure addiction among people; the police haven’t witnessed tangible changes in the nature of cases pertaining to the drug issue.

The police took cognizance of the matter after the viral video surfaced, and carried out searches in the area on Sunday. During the search, the police were able to narrow down three suspects from the locality and were able to seize some narcotics.

Aside from the three suspects, 12 more were detained on the grounds of suspicious activities. The police have registered separate FIRs for the three men who were arrested. The police also informed the media that they have seized five vehicles that are suspected to be stolen from the area.

In light of the viral video of the women surfacing, Shehzad Poonawalla, BJP spokesperson also targeted the AAP government in his tweet and scrutinized the governance and the promises made by AAP in his tweet.

AAP MLA Jeevanjot Kaur informed the Media that the probe is ongoing in the matter. Amritsar police, in August, arrested drug peddler, Raja Singh, and seized 270 grams of heroin and Rs. 7.8 lakh of drug money.

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Who is likely to replace Punjab Advocate General Anmol Rattan Sidhu after he resigns?

Sidhu’s resignation is the second high-profile exit of senior officials from the AAP government after former police chief VK Bhawra in just four months.

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The Punjab government’s top lawyer, Anmol Rattan Sidhu, resigned from his post as Advocate General on Tuesday, citing personal reasons. His resignation came just months after he was appointed as the state’s top lawyer.

Sidhu stated in a resignation letter that he sent to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann that he was resigning from his position with immediate effect due to personal reasons. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appointed Sidhu as Advocate General in March after the party won assembly elections with flying colours.

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According to the reports, Senior advocate and criminal lawyer Vinod Ghai is likely to replace him. The 62-year-old Vinod Ghai is the son of the noted criminal lawyer late RS Ghai. Vinod Ghai was appointed senior advocate in 2012.

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Sidhu played a key role in helping Punjab Police get the transit remand of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi from Delhi’s Tihar Jail after the gangster was identified as the mastermind behind the murder of Punjabi singer and Congress politician Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29.

The Advocate General claimed that he was attacked while returning to Punjab after attending a court hearing in Delhi to get hold of Lawrence Bishnoi’s custody for the state police.

Sidhu’s resignation is the second high-profile exit of senior officials from the AAP government after former police chief VK Bhawra in just four months. Sidhu held the office by replacing Senior Advocate DS Patwalia, who was appointed in November of last year by the previous Congress government, which was headed by the former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi

According to the reports, the doctors have diagnosed him with the stomach infection.

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was admitted to a hospital in Delhi on Wednesday.

According to the reports, Mann was brought to the Apollo Hospital after he complained of stomach ache. Following the check, the doctors diagnosed him with an infection, the report stated.

The details on his health are further awaited.

Mann on Wednesday praised the Punjab Police and anti-gangster task force for successfully killing two gangsters who were involved in the murder of Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moose Wala. The two gangsters identified as Jagroop Singh Roopa and Manpreet Singh, alias Mannu Kusa were killed in an encounter with the police at Bhakna village in Amritsar.

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The rifle AK47 and pistols were recovered from these two gangsters after a five-hour-long encounter.

Taking to Twitter, Mann congratulated the state Police and Anti Gangster Task Force for the huge success achieved today in the campaign launched by my government against gangster culture and anti-social elements. Peace and brotherhood in Punjab will be maintained at all costs, he wrote.

Bhagwant Mann, on July 7, tied the knot with Dr Gurpreet Singh in a traditional Sikh Anand Karaj wedding ceremony.

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