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Mann vows to quit booze, earns Kejri’s spirited praise

January 21, 2019 06:18 AM


Mann vows to quit booze, earns Kejri’s spirited praise
BARNALA : Having faced a lot of flak for his drinking habit, Sangrur MP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann on Sunday announced he was becoming a teetotaller for good while his party supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed his decision a great ‘sacrifice’ for the people of Punjab and the country.

AAP leader and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann with his mother during a rally in Barnala on Sunday. >>P2
Addressing a rally at Barnala where Kejriwal said their party will contest from all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, Mann said, “I have taken a vow in the presence of my mother not to drink alcohol for good.” At Sangrur recently, an elderly man had gifted Mann a bottle of ghee.

“The SAD-BJP coalition and the ruling Congress are in cahoots to malign my image by portraying me as a born drunkard. They have stooped to the level of showing old videos to defame me. It’s the only fault they find in me. Therefore, I have decided to quit drinking,” Mann said. “When my mother heard my detractors passing nasty comments against me, she advised me to make another sacrifice by kicking the habit. Now, I want them to answer if they do not consume liquor at all,” Mann said. Kejriwal said, “No one has made sacrifices for Punjab as Bhagwant Mann has.”

Mann’s AAP colleague Harinder Singh Khalsa had asked the LS speaker for a change of seat. Khalsa, who represents the Fatehgarh Sahib segment, had in 2015 made a request to LS speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying, “It is torturous to sit next to a drunk Mann. It’s nauseating.

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