Updated: January 18, 2022 7:48:03 pm
As the Aam Aadmi Party declared him its CM face for Punjab, Bhagwant Mann said that he now had the double responsibility of living up to the expectations of the party as well as the people of the state.
In an emotional speech, he appealed to everyone to work towards forming the next government in the state and making Punjab a place where people call the shots.
“Earlier when I used to meet people across Punjab they used to laugh after seeing me (referring to his role as comedian), but now they weep and beg that Punjab be brought back to its pristine state of yore.
The state president of AAP said there are many sections of the society who are today sitting on protests atop mobile towers and water tanks in the state and their demands have to be addressed.
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“The pen of those in authority should work for the welfare of the people of the state. We have been made to see enough dreams about making Punjab into London, Paris or California but all that we want is to make Punjab what it was back again,” he said.
He also urged party supporters not to get disappointed by any happenings in the run up to the polls and after. Quoting Punjabi poet Surjit Patar, Professor Mohan Singh and South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, Mann urged party workers to work towards a better Punjab. Mann recited the verses of Patar, “Je aayi patjhar ta pher ki hai, Tu agli rutt te yaqeen rakhi. Main labb ke layona kalman kiton, Tu phullan jogi zameen rakhi” (It does not matter if autumn has come, you keep your faith in spring. I will bring new plants, you keep save some land for flowers).
Earlier, Mann’s younger sister Manpreet Kaur and his mother Harpal Kaur spoke thanking the party for reposing trust in him and said that he will definitely work hard to make Punjab a better place.
“For a sister it is a day of immense happiness when her brother achieves something. I feel very happy that my brother has been given such a big responsibility by the party and the people of Punjab,” said Manpreet.
“We were born in an ordinary household. We have seen happiness and sadness. We know the problems that the common man faces in life. In his 20 year career as comedian my brother had used the problems of common man as the main focus of his satire,” she added.
She said there was a lot of trepidation in the hearts of family members when Mann decided to enter politics because no one in their family had even fought a panchayat election.
“We all know how dirty politics in Punjab has become and we feared that he may have made a mistake. But my brother said people can laugh only when their stomachs are full and he has to enter politics,” said Manpreet.
A teacher at a private school in Patiala, Manpreet also gave examples of the daily demonstrations that she witnessed outside Moti Mahal palace of Captain Amarinder Singh over past five years. “If you make my brother the CM of the state he will bring back the smiles on your faces,” she said.
An emotional mother of Bhagwant, Harpal Kaur, joined her hands in prayers seeking blessings from Guru Nanak and the people of the state to keep blessing her son so that he could work for the state.
“I am just a mother who gave birth to him. There are lakhs of mothers who keep praying for him. Had his daddy been alive today, he would have been the most happy man,” she said.
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