Bhagwant Mann, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member of Parliament from Sangrur, has made it public that his divorce case is no more a personal matter.
He has claimed that he chose “Punjab over family”. On Friday, his wife, Inderjeet Kaur, and he had filed for divorce in an SAS Nagar court. The news had shocked many, since they seemed a happily married couple in public.
Known for using poetry to attack the government in Parliament, he has, true to that nature, written a poem in Punjabi to express this phase as well.
“Jo latkeya si chiran ton o hal ho geya
Court ch eh faisla kal ho geya
Ek passay parivar, dujje passay si parivar
Main tan yarro Punjab de wal ho geya”
(A long-pending issue has been resolved. The court decided yesterday. I had to choose between one family and the other. I decided to go with Punjab).
More than 10 lakh users who follow him on Facebook read this post on Saturday. The court has given the couple six months to take a final call but Mann seems to have made up his mind.
His wife has always been part of his political life, too. She has accompanied him to political rallies since his Peoples’ Party of Punjab (PPP) days; and delivered speeches in his favour in the villages of Sangrur during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to help him win. She even stood by him outside the counting centre on the 2014 general election results day; but she is not in the picture since.
Along with couplets, Mann also shared the picture of a supporter’s handwritten note with his fans on the social media. This note backs his divorce decision. “We are grateful to Bhagwant Mann that he scarified his family for us, and gave attention to our pain over that of his children. We also stand by him,” it reads.
The post has both fans and haters, as many people see Mann trying to get political mileage out of his divorce case. Neither Bhagwant Mann nor his wife could be reached for comments, but AAP’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said: “The AAP has no such agenda to desert wives to save Punjab. I have not read his comment. It might be his personal opinion.”