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AAP CM candidate for Punjab Bhagwant Mann files nomination from Dhuri

Bhagwant Mann

The news: Bhagwant Mann, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate for Chief Minister, filed his nomination from Dhuri on Saturday.

  • Mann, who is currently an MP from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, will now run for the Dhuri constituency in the Sangrur district.

The backstory: Mann began his career as a comedian after being born in Sangrur’s Satoj village in 1973.

  • He entered politics in 2011 with the Punjab Peoples Party, led by Manpreet Singh Badal. He ran for the Lehragaga constituency in the 2012 elections but lost.
  • Later, in 2014, he joined the Aam Aadmi Party and ran for the Lok Sabha seat of Sangrur.
  • His prominence in Punjab politics grew after he defeated veteran Punjab leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who was a member of the Shiromani Akali Dal at the time (SAD).
  • Mann has served two terms in a row in the Punjab Lok Sabha seat of Sangrur since 2014.
  • Mann, a celebrity-turned-politician, rose to prominence through his satires on the TV show Jugnu Mast Mast. He also appeared in a number of other comedy shows.

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, the Congress won 77 seats in the 117-member House, while the Shiromani Akali Dal received only 18 votes. The AAP, on the other hand, was the second-largest party, with 20 seats.

Punjab Assembly elections will be held on February 20. The votes will be counted on March 10.

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