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.”
According to Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann the Britishers left India 200 years ago and they have now constructed a Bus Stand in space.
How many pegs do you think he had before saying this 😂😂 Guess? pic.twitter.com/jTP5YWgENI
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) June 29, 2022
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.”
— AMAN (@AMAN7PREETSINGH) June 29, 2022
Unfortunately for the chief minister, Twitter immediately jumped on these Freudian slips and wondered if he was inebriated in the House.
Isne kitne peg lagaye ye important nahi hai, par kaun see daroo pee- ye important hai.
Listen full video- British left India 200 years back and they have constructed a bus stand in Space now…… https://t.co/qTXW6j76u8
— Major Amit Bansal (Retd) (@majoramitbansal) June 30, 2022
Patiala peg ya English peg? Bus bus stop!
— Anita Noronha (@AnitaNoronha3) June 29, 2022
— Gopal kumar (@GopalGuptaINC) June 29, 2022
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.
AAP's star performer Mann comes drunk to his own election meetings! AAP increased liquor Vends in Delhi& they promise Nasha Mukt Punjab! pic.twitter.com/TbjeBXNZEQ
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 30, 2017
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.