Political satirist Gurpreet Singh Waraich, popularly known as Ghuggi, today chose the sharpest barb — laughter — to attack the Aam Aadmi Party, which eased him out of the party’s top post in Punjab and installed Bhagwant Mann two days ago. He acknowledged that the party, even while it elevated Mr Mann, had warned him off drinking and questioned the efficacy of the selection.
“How laughable is the condition ‘consume no liquor’ to make Bhagwant the convener? How can they have a condition ‘don’t drink now’, because that itself acknowledges that he is a drunkard,” said Mr Singh, who walked out of the party on Wednesday. He followed it up with a further revelation: “Bhagwant himself said ‘remove me if I drink again”.AAP, which is fighting battles on multiple fronts – the biggest being the corruption charges against party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – had maintained silence on reports of the no-drinking rider for Mr Mann.The drinking habits of Mr Mann, a parliamentarian, had drawn complaints from his colleagues in the house. There have been allegations that he turned up drunk at the party’s campaigns in the run-up to the assembly elections in Punjab. And it became a matter of ridicule after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a jibe at him in Parliament.Mr Mann was not amused and threatened to report the Prime Minister for breach of privilege.
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