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Punjab MP demands separate country for Sikhs, says Khalistan would act as buffer state between India, Pakistan

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and MP Simranjit Singh Mann. [File Photo]

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and MP Simranjit Singh Mann on Monday sought a separate country for Sikhs. He also defended his recent remarks calling freedom fighter Bhagat Singh a “terrorist”.

Mann, who elected to the Lok Sabha in last month’s byelection from Punjab’s Sangrur, took oath inside the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chamber on Monday. Three other new MPs took oath on the House floor.

Congress members criticised the Speaker for permitting to swear inside his chamber and not on the house floor. Several Congress leaders including Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu protested inside the House against the same, Muslim Mirror reported.

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