Bhagwant Mann likes to open his political rallies with loud chants of – “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki fateh” rather than slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. Sikh Jaikara of “Bole So Nihaal” can be heard roaring in many of his speeches. But the question arises – do such acts make him qualify to be a true Sikh?
His past actions paints a contradictory picture. Jagtar Singh, former ‘Granthi’ (Sikh priest) at the Golden Temple had said, “We are struggling with the case of disrespect to the Guru Granth Sahib and how can a man come drunk on the stage where Guru Granth Sahib had been laid.” Referring about the incident when Mann attended a religious function in an inebriated condition.
“I found Mann smelling foul and told him to leave the stage,” quoted Jagtar Singh as per a news report appeared in the Indian Express. “Had I announced this from the stage, the crowd would have attacked him and the whole atmosphere would have become tense. So, I told him to leave at once and he, too, did not argue with us,” he added.
Party high command was left red-faced when a video showing the parliamentarian being allegedly forced to leave the stage during a ceremony held at a Gurdwara at Bargari village in Faridkot. The video, which had gone viral, showed how Mann was forced to leave the religious ceremony after he was allegedly found drunk by a former ‘Granthi’ (Gurdwara priest).
After this incident hashtag #DrunkBhagwantMann became a top trend on twitter and Mann was ridiculed widely for showing disrespect to holy ‘Guru Granth Sahib’. Crying foul of a conspiracy to malign his public image, Mann maintained a stand that he was not drunk at the ceremony. On asking why did he leave the stage, he blatantly replied that he left for ‘other reasons’. God only can tell what these ‘other reasons’ were?
It is an open secret that Bhagwant Maan cannot do without alcohol. Many of Mann’s colleagues have been objecting to his addiction and even party supremo Arvind Kejriwal is aware of the fact. AAP, Member of Parliament from Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Singh Khalsa, even requested for a change in seat, as he could not stand foul smell of alcohol.
The saga doesn’t end here. Bhagwant Mann has went on to commit an unpardonable mistake of turning up drunk at a religious ceremony. This is nothing new as he has a long history of hurting Sikh sentiments. Bhagwant Mann had earlier altered the ‘dohra’ (Sikh statement) “Raj Karega Khalsa” to say “Marasi Rahe Na Koi”. Bhagwant Mann needs to realize that under no circumstances Gurbani can be altered.
Considering the claims of so-called honest politician like Mann who is committed to curb the drug menace in Punjab, must publicly shun even recreational drinking. But unfortunately, Bhagwant Mann has the audacity to attend the religious ceremony in drunken state.