Punjab Chief Minister-elect Bhagwant Mann’s past career as a comedian has given the internet a lot of fodder for memes. While his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a huge win in Punjab, an old video surfaced online. The video appears to be from a comedy show in which Bhagwant Mann played the role of a college student who expresses his desire to become an MLA or a “mantri” (minister) one day. Strangely fitting, the internet thought, at a time when Mr Mann is actually on the brink of becoming Prime Minister of Punjab.
In the clip, Bhagwant Mann stars as a college student whose teacher asks him what he wants to be when he grows up. “If I get enough education, I can become an officer. If not, I can become an MLA or a minister,” he replies in Punjabi. The video then transitions into contemporary photos of Mr Mann as a politician, with one photo featuring him with party leader Arvind Kejriwal.
IPS officer Rupin Sharma was among those who shared the clip on Twitter, where it is regaining popularity today. “Prophetic,” he captioned while congratulating Mr. Mann.
Congratulations !???? pic.twitter.com/LXRx76UxPD
— Rupin Sharma (@rupin1992) March 10, 2022
This isn’t the only clip from Mr. Mann’s comedian days that has caught Twitter’s attention. Another shows him as a participant on the Laughter Challenge – Joke Sabhawith now political rival Navjot Singh Sidhu as judge.
In this particular clip, Mr. Mann’s joke about politics and government made Mr. Sidhu laugh. Watch the video below:
It’s pretty obvious that @BhagwantMann
will be the next CM
— Raj (@iamup) March 10, 2022
The Aam Aadmi party is heading for a landslide victory in Punjab with a lead of 92 out of 117 congressional seats. In his victory speech today, Bhagwant Mann announced that his swearing-in ceremony will take place in the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. “No government office will carry a photo of the Chief Minister, instead there will be photos of Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar,” Mann announced.
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