Indian Mirror | Alcoholic Parliamentarian!

“While Aam Adami Party is committed to fight against Nashakhori (addiction) in Punjab, its alcoholic star politician remains untamed.”

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Bhagwant Mann is Punjab’s well-known comedian and supposedly a good orator. He is a crowd puller for AAP but off late he has been making news for all the wrong reasons. While his theatrics may appeal to masses on a lighter note but on the other hand his misdeeds are creating all sorts of problems for Aam Adami Party.

Bhagwant Mann attending parliament sessions in drunken state is an open secret. This is not just against parliamentary norms and public ethics, but also goes against AAP’s anti-drug campaign in Punjab. All AAP party leaders including party convener Arvind Kejriwal are aware of Bhagwant Mann’s drinking habit.

However, instead of taking action against Mann’s undisciplined attitude, Kejriwal elevated his position in the party due to his sycophancy towards the ‘Arvind coterie’. Now Mann is the leader of AAP’s parliamentary party and the poster boy of the political campaign of the party committed to ending ‘Nashakhori’ in Punjab.

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Lamenting drinking habits of Mann, expelled AAP leader and co-founder of the party, Yogendra Yadav had written on his Facebook post earlier, “I discovered it first in July 2014 when AAP had a meeting of all its Lok Sabha candidates. Mann was sitting next to me and smelled of alcohol. I mentioned it to Arvind Kejriwal and he nodded. Around this time I heard rumours that Mann was going to the Lok Sabha sessions drunk. One of his fellow MPs confirmed it to me.”

Party MP form Fatehgarh Sahib went on record to state that he would never sit next to Mann, as he could not stand foul smell of alcohol. He even went on suggest shifting him to a  de-addiction center.

Mann is a habitual drinker and on several occasion he has been found drunk in public. He was found in an inebriated condition when he was addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club, which was called to raise the issue of abducted Indian youth by IS in Iraq.

Causing yet another embarrassment to AAP, Bhagwant Mann was allegedly found drunk at religious function at Bargari village in Faridkot. The video, which had gone viral, showed Bhagwant Mann being forced to leave the religious function after found in drunken state by a former Granthi (Sikh Priest). After the incident hashtag #DrunkBhagwantMann became a top trend on twitter and Mann received public ire for hurting Sikh sentiments.

Bhagwant Mann is an elected representative of the people but it is rather unfortunate that he could never understand the huge responsibility bestowed upon him by people of Punjab. He may not be under the influence of alcohol all the time but his irresponsible & incentive acts prove that his hangover of comedy is not over yet!

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