Campaigning for Phoolka, funny 'Mann' takes jibes at senior Badal

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Narangwal (Ludhiana)
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 23:37 IST

Villagers termed Bhagwant Mann "Rural Kejriwal" as he reached Narangwal on a tempo for the road show from Sangrur highway to Jagraon on Wednesday.

Villagers followed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Sangrur in hordes even as women left their household work and rushed out of their homes to catch his glimpse.

Mann held the road show in support of AAP candidate from Ludhiana HS Phoolka.

As the cavalcade passed through the huge crowd, villagers raised slogans in favour of AAP candidates, including "Aa gaya vi aa gaya jhaaru wala aa gaya..Chhaa gaya bi chha gaya jhaaru wala chha gaya."

Beginning his speech with "Waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh", during his address to the residents of Narangwal village, Mann asked them to vote for the future and give AAP candidates a chance to serve them.

"Let's make Punjab a better place to live in. This time make the common man and not the leaders win the elections. Do what is right. You have the power to change your lives," he expressed.

Not leaving behind his funny bone, Mann said, "Hukumat karne walo tum kya jaano, yun kehne ko to murgey ke sar pe bhi taaj hota hai (What do you know rulers, even a cock has a crown on its head)."

Terming Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal crazy, Mann said the senior Badal had pasted his pictures on all government schemes like Mai Bhago bicycles, ambulances, social studies textbooks, and now he had pasted his picture on utensils. "He doesn't realise that on April 30, voters would wipe them clean," he quipped.

He further remarked, "I am aware that whenever people visit politicians' houses with their grievances, the security guards outside say that Badal Sahib is not at home. So now when Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) or Congress candidates visit you to seek votes, tell them you are not at home."

While welcoming Mann and Phoolka at Jodhan village, Tarsem Jodhan, former MLA of Kila Raipur constituency, said the UPA and NDA government policies were against the common man, so there was a dire need to get a third front in Punjab.

The road show started from Sangrur highway and moved via Pohir Bypass, Phirni, Dehlon-Rurka Road, Qila Raipur, Mehma Singh Wala, Lohgar, Phallewal, Gujjarwal, Narangwal, Jodha Phirni, Khandoor Morh, Khadoor, Mohi, Rurka, Dakha, Mullanpur village, Talwandi Khurd, Talwandi Kalan, Chowkiman Chowk, Gurahe, Savaddi Kalan, Birk, Varshal, Chimana and Malak, before concluding at Jagraon.

From the show

At Narangwal village, engineering students of the village took the initiative to use a tractor and a generator to make loudspeakers work

At Khadoor village, the students of Government Primary School gathered around Mann's tempo in the attempt to shake hands with him

In order to capture Mann, people at every stop were seen making videos on their mobiles phones.Not only AAP volunteers, but most villagers were also seen wearing the boat-shaped caps.

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