Joginder Mann drops his plan to contest as a rebel

In a political somersault, Joginder Singh Mann, a three-time Congress MLA from Phagwara and a former Punjab minister dropped his plan to contest as a rebel.

Phagwara: In a political somersault,
Joginder Singh Mann, a three-time Congress MLA from Phagwara
and a former Punjab minister dropped his plan to contest as a
rebel.

Mann had declared on Tuesday that he would contest as an
independent candidate against party`s official candidate
Balbir Raja Sodhi.

Today, he declared his unconditional support for party
candidate Sodhi, dropping his plan to file his nomination as a
rebel.

Mann, who had won from Phagwara in 1985, 1992, 2002 but
lost in 2007 assembly polls, was denied a party ticket this
time.

He had revolted against this and had organised a big
protest rally of his supporters here on Sunday. An 11-member
Action Committee was constituted by his supporters and Mann
had declared to file his nomination as a rebel candidate
today.

But prolonged hectic parleys between DCC President Harjit
Singh Parmar and Mann and his supporters at the latter`s
residence today and personal intervention on phone by PPCC
President and former CM Captain Amarinder Singh and PPCC
General Secretary Rana Gurjit Singh made Mann take this
U-turn.

Mann claimed that Captain Amarinder Singh had rung him
up, assuring him that he (Mann) will be "adjusted" and given
full regards in the party.

PTI

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