No Consuming Downside, Says AAP’s Bhagwant Mann To NDTV


Bhagwant Mann spoke to NDTV on the whole thing poll-related as Punjab votes subsequent month,

New Delhi:

AAP’s Punjab select Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday mentioned the birthday celebration’s atypical televote within the state – a ballot ahead of the following month’s state election to select the manager ministerial candidate – was once his concept. The 48-year-old stand-up comic-turned-politician emerged as the preferred selection within the telepoll with a rating of 93 in keeping with cent, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal printed this afternoon.

“The theory of a ballot was once mine. Arvind Kejriwal instructed me that it were determined… we will be able to announce your identify. I mentioned that is executed via conventional events… the identify of the manager ministerial candidate is introduced from the manager’s front room. Let’s contain other folks…In 4 days, we were given greater than 22 lakh calls,” the two-time MP from Sangrur instructed NDTV in an unique interview. 

“Now not best did the folks make a selection me… in addition they instructed us what all we will have to do within the state. I’d were ok if other folks had selected any other candidate. In a democracy, you’ll’t impose your possible choices.” 

Mr Mann additionally hit out on the critics who’ve been attacking him over his previous alcohol dependancy. “There’s no consuming drawback. I have put a forestall to their narrative. Even birthday celebration leaders of (Akali Dal’s) Sukhbir Badal are occupied with medication. I don’t want their NoC (No-Objection Certificates). A minimum of I wasn’t consuming the blood of the folks of the state.”

The AAP –  one of the crucial key challengers to the ruling Congress  – is the primary birthday celebration to expose the identify of its leader ministerial candidate. Closing week, the birthday celebration had requested the folks of Punjab to dial, WhatsApp or SMS on 7074870748 to call their selection. 

Within the interview, Mr Mann mentioned the birthday celebration didn’t prolong the announcement. “There was once no prolong. It was once part of our technique. We nonetheless have time. Arvind Kejriwal did rallies. I were doing rallies. We’ve been campaigning for years.”

Mr Mann, who had received recognition as a stand-up comedian and actor, began his political profession in 2011 when he joined the Manpreet Singh Badal-led Other folks’s Celebration of Punjab. 

He contested unsuccessfully within the 2012 state polls from Lehra. He joined AAP in 2014, misplaced the 2017 state polls to Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Singh Badal however retained the Sangrur seat within the 2019 normal election.

On his adventure to turning into the AAP’s parliament face from being a comic book, he instructed NDTV, “Comedy is an overly critical industry. And my comedy was once no longer simply to urge laughs but in addition thought-provoking. I elevate the problem of most cancers, farmers’ suicide, I’m a two-time MP. Will other folks make a selection any person who simply tells a comic story? I’ve give up my comedy profession to be dedicated to politics.” 

Concluding with a political jibe, he mentioned, Congress may just no longer redeem itself via selecting a brand new Leader Minister – Charanjit Channi. “They modified Alibaba, however Chalis chor (40 thieves) are the similar.”

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