BHAGWANT Mann, the Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur constituency, is the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Punjab Assembly Election 2022.
A Lok Sabha MP since 2014, Mann is a popular face in Punjab and is one of the indisputable comedy kings who rose to fame when he featured in a popular television comedy contest called “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2008 alongside comedian and actor Kapil Sharma. He is presently the only AAP MP in the Lok Sabha.
He has been AAP’s most vocal leader from Punjab and enjoys massive support among the party workers.
Born on October 17, 1973, in Punjab’s Satoj village in the Sangrur district, Mann graduated in commerce. He got married to Inderpreet Kaur and the couple has two children. But Mann separated from his wife in 2015.
According to his profile on the Lok Sabha website, Mann has also worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden and holds a keen interest in drama and music programmes.
Mann joined the People’s Party of Punjab in early 2011 but lost the elections in 2012 after which he joined the Aam Aadmi Party in March 2014. He contested The Lok Sabha election from Sangrur and won by a huge margin of 2,11,721 votes. He was also the convener of AAP Punjab but resigned after AAP founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tendered an unconditional apology to Bikram Singh Majithia over the drug mafia case.
In 2017, he contested the Assembly election in Jalalabad against Sukhbir Singh Badal but lost by 18,500 votes.
He had found himself as part of a huge controversy due to his alleged involvement with alcohol ahead of the 2017 Punjab elections. The AAP had even held a rally at Barnala in 2019 to handle this controversy, where Mann swore not to touch alcohol again.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he retained Sangrur by 1,11,111 votes.
Confident of winning the Punjab Assembly Elections 2022, Arvind Kejriwal announced the party’s chief ministerial candidate on January 18. In its bid to show that it was taking the voters of Punjab into confidence while naming its chief ministerial candidate, the AAP decided to go for a survey and claims to have received almost 22 lakh responses.
Kejriwal had earlier asked the people of the poll-bound state to recommend names of their preference for the chief ministerial candidate and had even launched a mobile number for the purpose.
Kejriwal then said that though he had wanted party MP Bhagwant Mann’s name to be declared as the chief ministerial candidate, the latter insisted that the people of Punjab should make this decision.