New Delhi: Days after the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) elected comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate for the state of Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) publicly slammed Mann. He took a dig at the party by calling him an addict who tells jokes. BJP Delhi President Adesh Gupta told IANS, “By drinking himself and playing dirty jokes among people in public functions, one can imagine what Mann will do to the people of Punjab.” It is ridiculous that people addicted to alcohol are now talking about prohibition.
He also denied that Kejriwal’s party had received over 22 lakh calls in favor of Mann. He said, Kejriwal is saying that in three days the maximum number of calls came for Bhagwant Mann. While the entire three days make up 2,59,200 seconds, Kejriwal is claiming over 22 lakh calls for Mann in this period, which is a white lie. It’s a laughable joke, if one is to believe that there would have been 10 calls per second. Last week, the Aam Aadmi Party asked the people of Punjab to dial, WhatsApp or SMS 7074870748 to give the name of their choice for the chief minister. By doing so, it has become the first party in Punjab to announce its chief ministerial candidate. The results of the elections to be held on February 20 will be declared on March 10.
Leader of Opposition (LoP) Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said during a press conference on Wednesday that Kejriwal himself once said about Mann that he is always drunk. He said, then he added that Mann assured him that he would give up it (liquor). So the most important thing is that both Kejriwal and Mann should tell the people whether Mann has actually left it or not. He accused the Punjab AAP CM candidate of opening thousands of liquor shops in Delhi and facilitating the exchange of money between AAP leaders and the liquor mafia.
Alleging that the AAP government is encouraging the opening of liquor shops across the city, the saffron party has been opposing the new excise policy of the Delhi government. He says that this is a violation of the New Delhi Master Plan.