AAP declares comedian Bhagwant Mann its Punjab CM Candidate?
Sangrur: Aam Aadmi Party’s supremo and Delhi Chief Minister announced that its Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann will contest Punjab assembly polls against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal. The Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal made this announcement on Sunday.
Considering AAP’s history of getting its senior most leaders, including Kejriwal himself, to stand against the rival leaders, it’s quite clear that Bhagwant Mann is given the charge of rallying party’s troops in Punjab and will be made Chief Minister if AAP gets the Majority.
Bhagwant Mann, currently an AAP MP, is a well known comedian popular with the masses. Mann has also been in news for his often drunken behaviour in public and for compromising the security of Indian parliament, country’s top most democratic institution. He’s is banned from entering the Parliament till the completion of the enquiry, despite being an MP.
In 2013-Delhi assembly polls, Arvind Kejriwal had made a similar move by contesting successfully against the then chief minister Sheila Dikshit. However, Kejriwal lost comprehensively, when he contested against Narendra Modi in 2014 general elections from Varanasi. Similarly, Kumar Vishwas, another AAP leader, unsuccessfully stood against Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani, finishing a poor third.
While the AAP made it clear that its most popular face in Punjab would take on the most powerful leader from ruling dispensation, the Shiromani Akali Dal was hesitant in declaring the assembly segment for the incumbent deputy CM.
The AAP has planned to intensify its engagement with the voters in the constituency of Sukhbir Badal to send a strong message that the party is serious in replicating its electoral victory attained in Delhi.
Kejriwal, despite being Delhi Chief Minister, is spending most of his time and resources on winning Punjab elections. He’s likely to address 21 rallies in Punjab over next 10 days.