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Bhagwant Mann's namesake releases advertisement to confuse voters

Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times  Sangrur, April 30, 2014
First Published: 19:34 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:36 IST(30/4/2014)

In a bid to dent Aam Aadmi Party candidate Bhagwant Mann's vote bank, his namesake Bhagwant Singh on Wednesday released an advertisement in a Punjabi newspaper requesting people to vote for him by pressing button opposite his election symbol of kite.

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Bhagwant Mann had contested the last assembly election on this election symbol (kite) on People's Party of Punjab ticket from the Lehragaga assembly segment unsuccessfully.

Interestingly, the content of the advertisement aimed to confuse voters as it did not reveal the complete name of the candidate as it said, "Aap de Bhagwant wallon appeal (An appeal by your Bhagwant)". But the candidate did not mention his full name as Bhagwant Singh. 

Also in the entire advertisement the focus of this independent candidate was on the voting against corruption, scams, unemployment and inflation, as AAP candidate Bhagwant had raised all these issues during his election campaign.

When contacted Bhagwant Mann told Hindustan Times, he said: "They (his opponents) are worried about my strength in Sangrur and that is why they are trying to divert the attention of the people by these advertisements. But I know they cannot mislead the voters."

Bhagwant Mann's namesake, Bhagwant Singh, who is contesting as an Independent candidate from the Sangrur constituency, had got "kite" as his election symbol.

Bhagwant Mann had unsuccessfully contested the February 2012 assembly elections on "kite" symbol as a PPP candidate from Lehragaga and got  26,136 votes.

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