Ludhiana: Aam Admi Party (AAP) Punjab leader Bhagwant Mann will again take over charge as the party’s state president, a year after he resigned from the position following party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Majithia over allegations of his involvement in drug trade.

On March 16, 2018, Mann resigned as party’s Punjab unit president, following Kejriwal’s apology to Akali leader and former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia. Mann said that he was quitting the party post in a tweet but had maintained that his fight against drug mafia will continue.

He had said, “I m resigning as a president of AAP Punjab but my fight against drug mafia and all kind of corruption in Punjab will continue as an ‘Aam Aadmi’ of Punjab.”

On January 20, the senior AAP leader and Sangrur MP was in the news again after he said that he has left taking liquor on his mother’s advice. “My political opponents often level accusations against me, saying ‘Bhagwant Mann takes liquor and remains intoxicated day and night’. Brothers, it always pained me when I saw old videos of myself on social media where I was being defamed,” Mann said.

Mann, who is often criticised by political opponents for “excessive drinking,” earned high praise from party supremo Arvind Kejriwal for giving up alcohol.