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Bhagwant Mann
17th Chief Minister of Punjab
Assumed office
16 March 2022
GovernorBanwarilal Purohit
Preceded byCharanjit Singh Channi
Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
10 March 2022
Preceded byDalvir Singh Khangura
Convener of Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab
Assumed office
31 January 2019[1]
Preceded byBalbir Singh (caretaker)
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2014 – 14 March 2022
Preceded byVijay Inder Singla
Succeeded bySimranjit Singh Mann
ConstituencySangrur, Punjab
Leader of the House in Punjab Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
16 March 2022
GovernorBanwarilal Purohit
Preceded byCharanjit Singh Channi
Personal details
Bhagwant Singh Mann

(1973-10-17) 17 October 1973 (age 50)
Satoj, Punjab, India
Political party Aam Aadmi Party
Other political
People's Party of Punjab (2012–2014)
Spouse(s)Gurpreet Kaur (m. 2022)
Inderpreet Kaur
(div. 2015)
Residence(s)House Number 7, Sector 2, Chandigarh, India
Musical career
Also known as"Comedy King", "Jugnu"
GenresComedy, Satire
Years active1992–2015

Bhagwant Singh Mann (born 17 October 1973) is an Indian politician, social worker, former comedian, singer and actor who is currently serving as the 17th Chief minister of Punjab since 2022. He represents the Dhuri Assembly constituency in the Punjab Legislative Assembly since 2022 and is also serving as the state convener of Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab since 2019.[2] Previously, he was a member of the Lok Sabha from Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency from 2014 to 2022.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mann was born on 17 October 1973 in Satoj village of Sunam tehsil of Sangrur district, Punjab, India. He completed Bachelor of Commerce at Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Mann participated in youth comedy festivals and inter-college competitions.[5] He won two gold medals at a competition at the Punjabi University, Patiala for the Shaheed Udham Singh Government College, Sunam.

Mann developed comedy routines about typical Indian issues such as politics, business and sport. His first comedy album was with comedian Jagtar Jaggi. Together, they made a television program called Jugnu Kehnda Hai for Alpha ETC Punjabi. Ten years later, they parted ways.[6] Mann then formed a comedy partnership with Rana Ranbir. Together, they made the television program, Jugnu Mast Mast for Alpha ETC Punjabi. In 2006, Mann and Jaggi reunited and toured Canada and England with their show, No Life With Wife.

In 2008, Mann competed in the Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star Plus which increased his audience.[7][8]

Bhagwant Mann also acted in National Award winning Film "Main Maa Punjab Dee" Directed by Balwant Dullat.[9][10][11]

Mann acted in Jugnu Hazir Hai on MH One.[12]

Political career[edit]

In early 2011, Mann joined the People's Party of Punjab.[13][14] In 2012, he unsuccessfully contested assembly elections in the Lehra constituency.

In March 2014, Mann joined the Aam Aadmi Party to contest elections in the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency. He fought his first Lok Sabha election against former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and won by 211,721 votes.[15]

Convener of AAP Punjab[edit]

In 2017, Mann was appointed the convener of AAP Punjab.[16] In 2018 he resigned from the convener post after Arvind Kejriwal tendered an unconditional apology to Bikram Singh Majithia over Kejriwal's allegations about Majithia's involvement in the drug mafia case.[17] He contested the 2017 Punjab Legislative Assembly election, from Jalalabad against Sukhbir Singh Badal and Ravneet Singh Bittu.[18] He lost the elections to Badal by 18,500 votes.[19]

In January 2019, Mann was appointed the convener of AAP Punjab for a second time. His political rivals had in past criticized him over alcohol use.[20] Mann has denied these allegations. In 2019, during a party rally in Barnala, Mann announced that he had denounced alcohol and swore never to touch it again.[21][22]

Member of Parliament[edit]

First term (2014–2019)[edit]

In May 2014, he was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha from Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency after defeating Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa from Shiromani Akali Dal.[23] He got 533,237 total votes and won election with a margin of 211,721 votes.[24]

Parliamentary Committee assignments

  • 1 September 2014 – 25 May 2019: Member, Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.[25]
    • Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation[25]
  • 11 December 2014 – 25 May 2019: Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit[25]

Second term (2019–2022)[edit]

In May 2019, he was re-elected to 17th Lok Sabha from Sangrur constituency in the 2019 Indian general election. He won his second term in the Parliament with a margin of 110,211 votes. He got 413,561 votes while contesting against Kewal Singh Dhillon from Indian National Congress and Parminder Singh Dhindsa from Shiromani Akali Dal.[26] He was the only Member of parliament from Aam Aadmi Party in the lower house (Lok Sabha) of the parliament.[27]

On 18 January 2022, he was chosen as the Chief Minister of Punjab candidate from the Aam Aadmi Party for the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election. The selection was reportedly done by polling from the public and the results were declared by the party chief Arvind Kejriwal.[28][29]

On 9 February, Mann raised issues about farmers in the Lok Sabha. The payment to sugarcane farmers for the year 2020–21 and 2021–22 had been pending. He appealed for clearing the due early along with interest. He asked for compensation for the losses in cotton farmers due to the pest attack. he asked that the Union government should recognize the farmers who died during the 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest.[30]

Parliamentary Committee assignments

In 2021, the Parliamentary Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution submitted a report to the Union Government recommending the implementation of the Essential Commodities Act, 2020. The Essential Commodities Act, 2020 was one among the three controversial 2020 Indian agriculture acts that led to the year-long 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest. Mann publicly released his statement that was made during the Committee meeting on 5 June 2020. In his statement, Mann had raised concerns that these farm laws would increase hoarding. Removal of onions and tomatoes from the list of Essential Commodities would lead to price rise due to illegal stockpiling to increase the price and then selling at higher prices. This will create hardships for the poor. He also raised the issue of hoarding potatoes.[31]

Mann contested the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections and won. AAP won a large majority of 92 out of total 117 seats. Mann was designated as the CM. Two days before taking the oath as CM of Punjab, Mann resigned from his post of MP Sangrur on 14 March 2022.[32][33][34]

Chief Minister of Punjab[edit]

On 18 January 2022, Mann was chosen as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate for the Chief Minister of Punjab in the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election, based on the party's public poll that overwhelmingly weighed in his favour.[35]

On 10 March, the election results showed Mann as the winner from Dhuri Assembly constituency with a significant difference of 58,206 votes, and the next day he was elected as the leader of the AAP legislative party.[36] The party itself went on to win 92 seats out of 117 in the state's assembly elections.[37] Mann took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Punjab on 16 March 2022 at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.[38][39]

Ending VIP culture[edit]

Even before taking the oath, CM designate Mann took steps to end the VIP culture and met the Director General of Police. The next day the police DGP in charge of security ordered the withdrawal of police security from 122 former MLAs and ministers. A total of 384 policemen involved in the security of those politicians were transferred to their parent unit. Mann had stated that the police force was needed for the security of the people and not VIPs. The security of former chief ministers was continued as they had been provided security on the instructions of the Union Home Ministry.[40][41] AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal said Mann had "removed the security of old ministers and gave security to the public".[42]


On 19 March 2022, during the first Cabinet meeting, Mann announced his decision to fill 25,000 job openings in various departments of Punjab government. 10,000 of those vacancies were in the Punjab Police.[43]

On 22 March, he announced his decision to make the 35,000 employees in the state working on a temporary, contractual basis permanent government employees. He will bring a bill to the assembly to this effect. Announcing his decision he said, "I don't want these teachers protesting on the roads, I had promised to regularize their services if we are voted to power and I am fulfilling my promise."[44]

On 5 September, Teachers' Day in 2022, he announced that payment of teachers from government institutions in Punjab will be according to UGC’s Seventh Pay Commission from 1 October 2022.[45]


On 30 March 2022, Mann ordered that private schools cannot hike their school fees in the year 2022. He also ordered that no school can force the parents to make school-related purchases from exclusive stores. This was done to protect the consumers from imposed monopoly.[46] On 5 September 2022, he announced bus services for girl students in Punjab government schools.[45]


On 18 March, the day of the Holi festival, Mann announced a compensation of 1,010 million (US$12 million) for farmers whose cotton crops were damaged by the pink bollworm.[47]


In June 2022, Mann announced Volvo bus service between IGI Airport and different Punjab cities of the state. The tariff charged by the PRTC and PEPSU buses for the Airport were announced at half the rates being charged by the private bus operators. Mann said that this service would break the monopoly of a few families in bus business with political links.[48]


Fulfilling their election promise of providing free electricity, from 1 July 2022 the people in Punjab would get 300 units of free electricity. 73.39 lakh domestic consumers were estimated to benefit from the scheme.[49]


On 15 August 2022, 75 Aam Aadmi Clinics were made functional.[50]

Language and Culture[edit]

On 19 November 2022, while giving a speech at Guru Nanak Dev University to commemorate Punjabi Language Month, Mann announced a government policy to require all public signboards to prominently feature Punjabi over other languages. He encouraged citizens to change their signs before 21 February 2023, after which the government will begin enforcing the rule. He also exhorted educational institutions to begin adding specialized Punjabi language courses, citing his perceived decline in the proper use of Punjabi pronunciation and grammatical rules.[51]

Electoral performance[edit]

Parliament: Lok Sabha[edit]

General Election 2014: Sangrur
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AAP Bhagwant Mann 533,237 48.47 Increase48.47
SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa 3,21,516 29.23 Decrease4.90
INC Vijay Inder Singla 1,81,410 17.50 Decrease21.02
BSP Madan Bhatti 8,408 0.76
CPI Sukhdev Ram Sharma 6,934 0.63
Majority 2,11,721 19.24 Increase14.85
Turnout 1,100,056 77.21
AAP gain from INC Swing Increase34.75
General Election 2019: Sangrur
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AAP Bhagwant Mann 413,561 37.40 Decrease11.07
INC Kewal Singh Dhillon 303,350 27.43 Increase9.93
SAD Parminder Singh Dhindsa 263,498 23.83 Decrease5.40
SAD(A) Simranjit Singh Mann 48,365 4.37
LIP Jasraj Singh Longia 20,087 1.82
NOTA None of the Above 6,490 0.59 Increase0.39
Majority 1,10,211 9.97 Decrease10.46
Turnout 11,07,256 72.40
AAP hold Swing Decrease10.5

Punjab Assembly[edit]

Punjab Assembly election, 2012: Lehra
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
INC Rajinder Kaur Bhattal 44,706 37.27
SAD Sukhwant Singh 41351 34.48
PPoP Bhagwant Mann 26136 21.79
BSP Jagjit Singh 3232 2.69
Independent Rajvir Singh 1725 1.44
Majority 3355
Turnout 119944 85.52
Registered electors [52]
Assembly Election 2017: Jalalabad, Punjab
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal 75271
AAP Bhagwant Mann 56771
INC Ravneet Singh Bittu
Registered electors 194,511 [53]
SAD hold
2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election : Dhuri[54]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
AAP Bhagwant Mann 82,592 64.29
INC Dalvir Singh Goldy[55] 24,386 18.98
SAD Parkash Chand Garg 6,991 5.44
BJP Randeep Singh Deol 5,436 4.23
SAD(A) Narinder Singh 4,469 3.48
SSM Sarbjit Singh Alal 1,188 0.92
NOTA None of the Above 775 0.6
National Apni Party Sukhwinder Singh 726 0.57
Apni Ekta Party Pardeep Kumar 554 0.43
Independent Shakti Kumar Gupta 488 0.38
LIP Jaswinder Singh 457 0.36
Independent Vijay Syal 230 0.18
CPI(ML)L Harpreet Singh 166 0.13
Margin of victory 58,206 45.4
Total valid votes 1,28,458 77.32
Rejected ballots 429
Turnout 1,28,977 77.63
Registered electors 1,66,143 [56]
AAP gain from INC Swing


Mann began a non-government organization, the "Lok Lehar Foundation", to aid children with physical deformities as a result of groundwater pollution in the border areas of Punjab.[57]

Personal life[edit]

He is a comic poet who writes political satire. He is also a volleyball player.[58] He was married to Inderpreet Kaur until their divorce in 2015. They have a son (Dilshan) and a daughter (Seerat).[59][60]

Bhagwant Mann married 32-year-old Dr Gurpreet Kaur in 2022. She is a doctor by profession.[61][62][63] They have a girl born in March 2024.[64]

Addressing a rally in Barnala in January 2019, Bhagwant Mann said he had left consuming liquor on his mother's advice.[65]

Bhagwant Maan’s daughter Seerat accused him of physical abuse towards her and her mother, alcoholism, habitual lying. She also said that she will refer to him as CM Maan [66]



Year Album Record label
2013 Kulfi Garma Garam 2 Amar Audio
2009 Just Laugh Baki Maaf M Series
2007 Haas-Haas Ke T-Series
2005 Bhagwant Mann Most Wanted Creative Audio Productions
2004 Kee Main Jhooth Boliya T-Series
2003 Sawdhan! Age Bhagwant Mann T-Series
2002 Bhagwant Mann Full Speed T-Series
2001 Bhagwant Mann Non-Stop T-Series
2001 Bhagwant Mann Hazir Ho T-Series
2000 Sadi Billi Sanu Miaun T-Series|-
2000 Bhagwant Mann 420 Sun Music
1999 Lallu Kare Kawaliya T-Series
1998 Gustakhi Maaf T-Series
1997 Rukawat Ke Liye Khed Hai T-Series|-
1997 Khariya Khariya Tips
1996 Kursi Rani Tips
1995 Jaagde Raho Peritone
1995 Dhakka Start T-Series
1995 Panj Duni Veeh T-Series/MTL/AMC
1994 Koko De Bachhe
Mummy Daddy Murdabaad
AMC United States
1994 Bol Madaari Bol Peritone
1994 Mithiya Mircha T-Series
MTL Canada
1993 Kulfi Garma Garam T-Series
MTL Canada
1992 Gobhi Diye Kachiye Vaparanay Creative Music Company


Year Album Record label
2011 Rangle Punjab Nu Bachayin Eagle
2010 Aawaaz – The Voice Point Zero
2001 Dam Lai Lo T-Series
2000 Jattan Da Munda Gaun Lagia Sun Music


Year Film
2015 22g Tussi Ghaint Ho
2014 Police in Pollywood
2014 Moga to Melbourne Via Chandigarh
2011 Hero Hitler in Love
2010 Sukhmani – Hope for Life
2010 Ekam – Son of Soil
2007 Apne
2001 Sikandera
1998 Main Maa Punjab Dee
1996 Sukha
1995 Nain Preeto De
1994 Tabaahi
1994 Kachehri


Year Album Record label
2011 Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale Eagle
2010 Jhanda Amli Kachahri Vich Eagle
2009 Just Laugh Baki Maaf M Series
2008 My Name is Mann Eagle
2007 Pappu Da Dhaba Eagle
2006 Punjabi Bluff Master Eagle
2006 Pappu Baneya Neta Eagle
2006 Pappu Bhaa Ji M.B.B.S. Eagle
2005 Pappu Pass Ho Gaya Eagle
2004 Kee Main Jhooth Boliya T-Series
2003 Sawdhan Agge Bhagwant Mann T-Series
2002 Bhagwant Mann Full Speed T-Series
2002 Bhagwant Mann Non-Stop Vol 2 T-Series
2001 Bhagwant Mann Non-Stop Vol 1 T-Series
1999 Bhagwant Mann Hazir Ho T-Series


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