“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,”
– Jagtar Singh, former Granthi (Sikh Priest) at Darbar Sahib
“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.
There is no secret that Bhagwant Mann just cannot do without alcohol and issues regarding his drinking have been brought up on a number of occasions. Many of his colleagues have objected his addiction and AAP head Arvind Kejriwal is well aware of that fact, however all their pleas were turned a blind eye. On one occasion, AAP, Member of Parliament from Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Singh Khalsa went on record to say that he couldn’t and didn’t want to sit next to Mann as he couldn’t stand the raging smell of alcohol.
AAP high command was left red-faced when a viral video, of Mann showed him being forced to leave the stage during a religious ceremony held at a Gurudwara at Bargari village in Faridkot. He was allegedly found drunk by of the ‘Granthi’s’ (Gurdwara Priest) at the ceremony.
After this ridiculing incident, hashtag #DrunkBhagwantMann became a top trending hashtag on social media. He was ridiculed for vastly for being disrespectful in front of the holy ‘Guru Granth Sahib’. Mann, however, is in complete denial of being drunk during the ceremony and that it was all a tactic to defame him. His supporters went on to say that he had actually left the stage for other reasons, now what the other reasons were, nobody knows.
After seriously indulging in active politics, comedian turned politician, is always seen wearing a dastaar. He claims to be committed in taking up Sikh issues and causes. He, more often than not, opens his rallies with loud chants of “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki fateh” rather than “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. However, the question still lies, do such acts qualify as him being a true Sikh?
This isn’t the first time that Bhagwant Mann has hurt Sikh sentiments and turning up drunk to a religious ceremony is just the icing to the cake. Bhagwant had earlier altered the ‘dohra’ (Sikh statement) “Raj Karega Khalsa” to “Marasi Rahe Na Koi” and he should be well aware that under no circumstance can Gurbani be altered.
Considering the commitment to being honest politician and committing to curb the drug menace in Punjab, Mann should shun from even recreational drinking. Unfortunately, he can’t show up to religious ceremonies without being drunk, expecting him to give up drinking altogether is impossible!