On Sunday Bhagwant Mann, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker revealed that he quits drinking on his mother’s advice. Bhagwant Mann has often been accused of his drunken behavior in public. The Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal encouraged him saying that it was a “big sacrifice”.
At a rally Mr. Mann said, “My political opponents often level accusations against me, saying ‘Bhagwant Mann drinks too much and is drunk day and night’. Brothers, it always pained me when I saw old videos of myself on social media where I was being defamed.”
“I admit I used to take liquor occasionally. But my political opponents maligned me. Today my mother is here. She had told me that people maligned me excessively on television and then asked me to stop taking liquor. Now they cannot defame me,” he further added.
In the upcoming national election, Mr. Mann is expected to compete from his seat Sangrur in Punjab.
The suspended AAP lawmaker Harinder Singh Khalsa, in 2016, complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about the bad smell of alcohol from Mr. Mann, who used to sat next to him and demanded to change his seat.
Mr. Kejriwal praised Mr. Mann and told to the public that “Friends, Bhagwant Mann has won my heart. Not only mine, he also won the hearts of the entire Punjab. Every leader should be like him and be ready to make any kind of sacrifice for the people. It is not a small thing to make such a big commitment. He says he will not touch liquor. It is a very big thing.”
At the same time, Mr. Kejriwal accused Sukhbir Badal to be responsible for drugs in Punjab.
Mr. Mann had also claimed in his speech that Mr. Mann has not misused a single penny. “We will contest all 13 seats in Punjab. There will be no alliance with the Congress in Delhi or in Punjab. People were earlier fed up with the Akali Dal and now with the Congress as they failed to honor any poll promise. We will carry out the same work in Punjab as we have done in Delhi,” said the party chief.