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Bhagwant Mann’s new gaffe — British left India 200 years ago, built bus station in space

Punjab CM also exhibits questionable knowledge of geography, saying Jalandhar could see snow-capped mountains like Everest during pollution-free Covid days.

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New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann added to his burgeoning list of gaffes this Tuesday when he told the assembly that the British left India 200 years ago.

He also said the islanders had built a bus stand in space, while we Indians continue to complain about infrastructure here.

Speaking during the ongoing Budget session, Mann seemed very unmindful of his math. He said: “15 August is around the corner and we have completed 75 years of our Independence. But we are still stuck at bus stands complaining about infrastructure while the British — who left us 200 years ago — have made great progress. They have even built a bus stand in space.”

His knowledge of geography also came out wonky during an address the next day, when he claimed the “snow-capped mountains of Mount Everest” could be spotted from Jalandhar during the pollution-free days of Covid.

He said: “During Covid, one could see the snow-capped mountains of Mount Everest from Jalandhar. If possible, why can’t we control the pollution in Punjab in the next 10 to 12 days? We (the Aam Aadmi Party government) will make that happen.”

Unfortunately for the chief minister, Twitter immediately jumped on these Freudian slips and wondered if he was inebriated in the House.


The comedian-turned-politician has had a history of erratic conduct, which people blamed on his alleged drunken habits. He has also earned the moniker “Pegwant”.

Fellow politicians have pointed out that Mann came drunk to his own election meetings, where he gave flying kisses to the audience for five minutes and even stumbled and fell.

Colleagues have smelt alcohol on him in Parliament and there have also been allegations that he showed up drunk for a funeral and even at a Gurudwara.

In 2019 however, Mann swore off alcohol as a New Year resolution, and declared “sobriety and commitment” to work for the people of Punjab — a move that was praised by Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Also read: Simranjit Mann drops ‘Striving for Khalistan’ from Twitter bio after bypoll win, then restores it


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