Famous as ‘Golden Girl’, Former Indian Hockey captain, Rajbir Kaur joins Aam Aadmi Party hereon Thursday in the presence of AAP National Leader and Punjab Incharge, Sanjay Singh, Punjab Convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sangrur MP and Chairman, Campaign Committee, Punjab, Bhagwant Mann and others.Rajbir Kaur, an Arjuna awardee, is the only Indian women’s hockey player who represented India for four consecutive Asian games in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994. She was honored by many organizations for his achievements in the field of Hockey.Welcoming Rajbir, Sanjay Singh said that people who had made an impression in their fields are joining AAP in the hope of changing the system full of fault. He said that Rajbir, with firsthand experience will play a vital role in drafting policies for the sportspersons in the future.Addressing the media, Rajbir said that there is a dire need to uplift the standards of sports in Punjab that have deteriorated in the last few years because of government apathy. She said that drug addiction among youth is the main concern in Punjab today and it is the need of the hour to attract the addicted youth towards sports to bring them to the main stream again. She also raised the issue of minimum amount of pensions and lack of government help to the sportspersons in Punjab.
AAP state convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur said that there was a time that Punjab used to be the role model for other states in the field of sports but due to the bad policies of government, the youth have been distanced from sports. He said that one of the main reasons of drug addiction in Punjab is ignorance to sports.Bhagwant Mann while addressing the media said that it is heartbreaking to see that those who hold the tricolor high with their dedication and hard work are ignored by the government to an extent that the coming generation even don’t recognize them. Taking a jibe at Sukhbir Badal, Bhagwant said,” If Sukhbir claims that Akali government has done a lot for promotion of sports in Punjab then what is the reason that no one from Punjab could win even a single medal at any international level competition in last few years.” He said that with the help of the sportsperson who have joined AAP in past, a special session of ‘Punjab Dialogue’ will be held with sportspersons to know their problems. Lambasting Sukhbir Badal for denying the fact of drug addiction in Punjab AAP leader Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said, “Even in the notification released by Punjab Government for the recruitment of constable, there is a clause that the ‘Dope test’ will be conducted before the recruitment. Is not it enough to know the status of drugs in Punjab?”.AAP leaders including Himmat Singh Shergill, Sajjan Singh Cheema, Harjot Singh Bains, Jagtar Singh Sanghera, Boota Singh Ashant were also present.