New Delhi, July 14: As the Aam Admi Party launched its campaign in Punjab, fresh controversy emerged on Tuesday surrounding AAP Member of Parliament, Bhagwant Mann. The parliament legislator was accused of being an alcoholic by Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh. “Representative like Bhagwant Mann is maligning the image of Punjab,” he said. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
The former Chief Minister accused Mann of coming to the parliament drunk, saying that the AAP MP has a serious problem. Previously, there have been number of reports that suggest Mann suffers from the addiction. Former AAP member Yogendra Yadav also made a similar charge against the Sangrur MP last year. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Punjab Govt Announces Rs 20 Crore For Free Food, Medicines to Poor People
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“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 was smelling 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,” he said.
These reports could severely harm the prospects of the party in the Assembly elections in Punjab where is claims to fight the drug menace. Mann’s behaviour could also undermine the promises made by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to voters.
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Rival parties are likely to take this opportunity to bring down the Kejriwal’s aggressive campaign. AAP is set to give the SAD-BJP government, widely accused of enabling the drug menace, a tough challenge at the polls.