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  1. PM Narendra Modi taking a jibe at Bhagwant Mann in Parliament shows that AAP is fast emerging as a threat to BJP

PM Narendra Modi taking a jibe at Bhagwant Mann in Parliament shows that AAP is fast emerging as a threat to BJP

With growing popularity of Bhagwant Mann, and the increasing AAP presence, is PM Modi and BJP afraid of losing the elections in Punjab assembly this year?

By: | Published: February 8, 2017 12:31 PM
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Bhagwant Mann, one of the staunchest critic of Narendra Modi was mocked in the Parliament by the Prime Minister, who said, “I generally tell people ‘ghee piyo’, but if Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann were to tell people, he will ask them to drink something else”. Mann is well known for taking jibes at the PM in public rallies and events. Meanwhile, Mann responded to the allegations by saying that it reflected Modi’s fear in assembly elections. He added the allegations were totally baseless and BJP was afraid of AAP before the Punjab elections. AAP is known for giving Modi his first electoral defeat after the big win in Lok Sabha, when it swept away the Delhi assembly polls in February 2015.

The Aam Aadmi Party is relatively new to Indian politics, but has managed to become a strong force in states like Goa and Punjab, and they have voted to elect new legislative assemblies respectively on February 8. Interestingly, both the states have BJP in power (as a part of a coalition with Akali Dal in Punjab). Meanwhile, Bhagwant Mann has emerged as a tall leader in the state of Punjab and is widely seen as the Chief Ministerial candidate there. He has been single-handedly gathering crowds in Punjab with his witty lines and poems. The only reason AAP has not been able to project his as the CM face, as he has been mired in allegations regarding a drinking problem.

However, Mann has been confident to deny such allegations and maintained his stance that at most he is a social drinker. He is seen as a maverick in his party circles and connects with the youth. His socio-political satire and comedy have garnered a lot of following, not only in the state but also in the Parliament where his humour became a hit in heated debates. With such popularity of Mann, and the increasing AAP presence, is PM Modi and BJP afraid of losing the elections in Punjab assembly this year?

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    Rohan
    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    FAKE NEWS . He never named Bhagwat Mann, I think he even didn't mean to mock Mann. All he was saying was- those who are corrupt think there's no afterlife so enjoy life by corrupt means. He quoted a Sanskrit saying by Charvak ( materialistic , atheist school of Hindu philosophy ) translated as '"As long you live , live happily, take loans, if you have to , to drink Ghee. " Then he said if this adage were to be said in mordern times Ghee would have been replaced by "something people drink. At this point Mann started protesting, as if he accepts being a drunkard. Modi did not mean to target him, as far as I could see. He was just being funny by mentioning "Drinks". He didn't even say "Alcohol".
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    1. Practical Idealist..
      Feb 8, 2017 at 11:13 am
      fat rahi hai modi ki......
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        Rajaram
        Feb 8, 2017 at 11:19 am
        Has to give up to defend his job
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          RANJEET
          Feb 9, 2017 at 11:29 am
          There is dignity of place as well as Post. Outside INDIA Mr. Modi is well known rather than BM. So Such pathetic remarks damages the Country...image
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            Rohit Gupta
            Feb 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm
            It is a known fact that he is known Alcohol addict and was 6 months in rehabilitation center and many Hon. Members of Lok sabha have compalint about him to the speaker. So nothing is wrong in what Hon. PM said
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              Simmi Jain
              Feb 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm
              AAP will win with huge margin in Punjab if EVMs are intact and counting done honestly.
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                van
                Feb 9, 2017 at 12:23 am
                modi hai
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                  Vinay
                  Feb 8, 2017 at 11:41 am
                  Its time Modi will have to quit or be sacked from his job. In all state elections his party will loose. And Gujarat in December will be the last straw. People are not fools. Modi has managed to make a fool of people by targeting them of having black money after having failed to bring back stolen money from abroad. And now more than 1 crore income tax letters will be sent to individuals who have deposited more than 10 lakhs. BJP will loose those 1 crore votes plus others who are ociated with the individuals, like parents, children, relatives, friends, business ociates etc. Modi surely didnt expect this to happen. Thousands of industries which depended on cash transactions have permanently closed. People have had enough bluffs from BJP. They have realised it is nothing but Bogus Janta Party. And people will correct their ber they made in 2014.
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