Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann’s video showing security arrangements in Parliament put him in a spot on Friday. But this is not his first brush with controversy.
1) In June 2014, when he was questioned by journalists about rescuing Indians stranded in Iraq, Mann broke down and hid in the boot of his car at the Chandigarh Press Club. He said he was under depression. “Please let me go,” he told the journalists. “Main panga le leya bula ke (I’ve brought trouble upon myself by calling journalists here),” he said.
2) In October 2015, Mann was forced to leave a ceremony in memory of two men killed in police firing at Bargari village of Punjab’s Faridkot district after he arrived drunk. “How can he come drunk to such a solemn function?” said Jagtar Singh, a former ceremonial reader of Guru Granth Sahib at Amritsar’s Darbar Sahib. Mann left in a huff and later denied the charges on Facebook.
3) In 2015, after Mann and his wife Inderjit Kaur decided to get a divorce, Mann took to Facebook to say that he was “leaving his wife for Punjab”. Following this, Mann was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism – many said he was exploiting a personal issue for political gain and in the process was making his wife look bad.
4) In 2016, a video of Mann mocking government school teachers went viral on social media. In the video, Mann narrates conversation between his father, a government school teacher, and himself. “All you (government teachers) do is scold children, punish them and come home. Why do you want an increase in salary?”