Comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann, kicked off his electoral campaigning here by addressing a gathering in front of his newly opened office near Court Chowk. Standing atop a chair, he addressed the audience without a mike, chairs or the tent with people jostling for space. Starting his speech, Mann said, "Sangrur constituency is the only constituency in the country where two sitting MPs are contesting."
On the recently opened PGI satellite centre in Sangrur, Mann said, "SAD and Congress, both were clamouring for credit on a hospital to be opened for a dreaded disease with the people's money. By offering sops to the people, they are portraying themselves as kings and people as beggars."
"Youth is atop water tanks struggling for jobs. Parties are doling subsidies, that people never demanded. None ever held a rally or dharna for grains and pulses. No 'Atta andolan' has ever been held. Youth is struggling for jobs to become self-reliant. Instead of jobs, free grains, pulses, electricity, bicycles, are being offered, which is turning mentality of proud Punjabis into beggars," Mann said.
Mann said, "Punjab having Aab (waters) words in its name is no longer a land of waters. The water table is receding, but liquor is flowing freely."
Regarding leaving People's Party of Punjab, Mann said, "It is not me who has left PPP. They have deserted me. PPP had made Bhagat Singh as its brand ambassador. Now Manpreet Singh Badal has forged a pre-poll alliance with Congress, which has always played down the contribution of great freedom fighter Bhagat Singh."
He said, "I cannot switch or sacrifice my ideology just to garner a Lok Sabha seat. That's why I 'threw away' my resignation to Manpreet Badal, who has relegated the promises and principles upon which PPP was formed."
When asked about Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as chief minister against the mandate of voters, Mann said that he resigned only on Jan Lokpal issue and not for his aspirations in the Lok Sabha.
Mann listed employment, health and education facilities as his priority. He said that he would remain accessible to people.