From a comic to Punjab chief minister, Bhagwant Mann has seen an outstanding rise in a political profession of simply over a decade. Mann on Wednesday was sworn in as chief minister at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Punjab’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar district.
On the mega public occasion, Mann accepted an enormous burden of expectations — his Aam Aadmi Social gathering had swept the meeting polls, successful 92 of the 117 meeting seats. How he runs the present in Punjab can even have a bearing on AAP’s fortunes within the coming years because the occasion seeks to develop its footprint additional throughout the nation. Mann, 48, was elected twice as a Member of Parliament from Sangrur parliamentary constituency earlier than his legislative meeting debut this time. He resigned as MP on Monday. He now turns into the primary non-Congress and non-Akali chief to develop into the CM after the reorganisation of Punjab in 1966. Inviting folks of Punjab to his oath-taking ceremony, Mann instructed them it will likely be their authorities.
Weeks earlier than election day, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP declared him its CM face after a phone-in ballot, referred to as ‘Janta Chunegi Apna CM’ (folks will decide their very own CM). The AAP state unit president was the primary selection of over 90 per cent of the 21 lakh callers.
He fought the polls from Dhuri, an meeting phase in his Sangrur parliamentary constituency, successful by a margin of over 58,000. Born in Sangrur’s Satoj village in October 1973, Mann enrolled for a B Com diploma from Shaheed Udham Singh Authorities School in Sunam in the identical district. He didn’t full the course, however faculty gave him an opportunity to participate in a number of youth festivals.
He later introduced out comedy movies and music albums, together with the very fashionable ‘Jugnu Mast Mast’ and ‘Kulfi Garma Garam.’ Showing in The Nice Indian Laughter Problem’ was a excessive level in his profession as an entertainer. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has now resigned because the Punjab Congress chief, additionally occurred to have made a number of appearances on the TV present. Mann’s political profession started in 2011 with the Manpreet Singh Badal-led Individuals’s Social gathering of Punjab, an offshoot of the Shiromani Akali Dal. The PPP was to merge later with the Congress.
Subsequent 12 months, Mann fought from the Lehra meeting constituency in Sangrur as a PPP candidate however misplaced to senior Congress chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. In 2014, Mann joined the AAP and contested in opposition to Akali heavyweight Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat. He received by over two lakh votes and the AAP itself went on to win 4 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.
Mann unsuccessfully contested the 2017 meeting polls in opposition to Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Singh Badal for the Jalalabad seat. However the AAP received 20 seats within the Punjab Meeting, ending up because the state’s fundamental opposition occasion. Mann was made its state unit president. He resigned from the submit in 2018 after Kejriwal apologised to Akali chief Bikram Singh Majithia in a defamation case however was again within the AAP-fold quickly.
Mann received the Sangrur seat once more within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a margin of over one lakh votes. Throughout his profession, Mann has been hounded by accusations that he has a ingesting downside.
In 2016, the then AAP MP Harinder Singh Khalsa complained in opposition to him to the Lok Sabha Speaker, in search of a change in his seat. He alleged that Mann, who sat subsequent to him, reeked of liquor. At a 2019 rally in Barnala, within the presence of Kejriwal and his mom, Mann vowed to surrender liquor. Mann had then accused his political rivals of defaming him by portraying him as a born drunkard.