What is the secret of the rise of Radical Mann – A Radical Mann

In fact, in the last year, there have been surprising developments in Punjab politics. The last thing that has surprised people is the result of the Sangrur Lok Sabha poll, in which 77-year-old Simranjit Singh Mann came out of oblivion and surprised ruling party Aam Aadmi (AAP). The region was represented by the new chief minister, Bhagwant Mann, in the last two consecutive elections since 2014 and the need for a by-election arose after he took office in March. Simranjit Singh Mann, who lost his seat here in the 2019 general election, defeated Gurmel Singh of the AAP by 5,822 votes.

In the last two decades, Simranjit Mann and his Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) were marginalized due to their radical and pro-Khalistan views. In the state assembly elections held just three months ago, the AAP had won 92 of the state’s 117 seats and Sangrur was the main center. The AAP had won the nine seats in the assembly of this Lok Sabha constituency. Apart from Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Finance Minister Harpal Cheema and School Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hare are also part of this Lok Sabha constituency.

Simranjit Mann’s previous election victory was in Sangrur’s 1999 Lok Sabha elections. Mann, an IPS officer, had resigned from the service in 1984 after Operation Blue Star. Because of his pro-Khalistan position, he spent many years in prisons all over India and only for that reason is he a hero of the fundamentalists and pro-Khalistan. In fact, on June 26, when he was declared the winner, he dedicated his victory to the assassinated Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and also announced that he would raise the issues of Kashmir terrorists and Maoists in Parliament. Security agencies will already be under stress due to their open separatist views. Now that they have a bigger platform to spread these ideas, no doubt pro-Khalistan groups in Europe, Canada and elsewhere must have been thrilled.

The AAP’s expectations were affected by the low turnout in this constituency. The turnout here was 45.3%, well below the 72.4% in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and 68% in the assembly elections held in March. Local AAP workers were nervous on polling day. In fact, the local administration allegedly extended the voting time by one hour under pressure from Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann. The Electoral Commission has now ordered an investigation into the matter. Sources say the day-to-day assassination of popular rapper Sidhu Musewala on May 29, just weeks before the election, may have damaged the AAP’s credibility in the region.

Simranjit Mann’s supporters call him the real man of the Punjab and he has reached Parliament for the third time. His first victory was in 1989, when terrorism was at its height. By then, he and his allies had won six of Lok Sabha’s 13 seats in the Punjab. Mann had won the Tarn Taran seat from Bhagalpur prison (Bihar). He was later barred from entering Parliament because he carried a long sword in accordance with Sikh custom (he apparently resigned in protest). Ten years later, in 1999, he defeated veteran Akali Dal Surjit Singh Barnala at Sangrur. This time he entered Parliament with a short, symbolic sword.

Mann also dedicated his recent victory to politically inclined rap singers Deep Sidhu and Sidhu Moosewala. The two singers died at an early age and their funeral was attended by about five thousand people to mourn. Moosewala’s latest song, ‘SYL’, was posted to YouTube the night before the polls. The song glorifies terrorist Balwinder Singh Jatana, who allegedly killed the chief engineer ML Sikri was killed. AAP alleges that the song instigated the feelings of the local people in favor of Mann. On June 26, YouTube withdrew the song in India, but the damage was probably done.

Since the 2014 general election, voters in Panthik (rural religious Sikhs) have gradually moved away from the Shiromani Akali Dal led by Sukhbir Badal. In this by-election, Badal had sent Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana, sister of convicted terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana, to win the sympathy of the uncompromising, but only got 6.3 percent of the vote and lost his bail later. of being fifth. A large proportion of Panthik voters broke away from Congress under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh after separating from Akali Dal and then leaning towards the AAP led by Bhagwant Mann. His main demand is to get justice in the case of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 and the subsequent police dismissal in Kotkapura-Behbal Kalan during the protests against him, among many other long-standing issues.

Here, the initial phase of Bhagwant Mann’s three-month government has been difficult. Aside from the crisis of law and order, the administration is being accused of being under the head of the AAP and the chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal. Political analyst Malvinder Singh Mali believes this result must have surprised the AAP leadership and opened its eyes. “The Punjab cannot be ruled from Delhi,” he says. The message is clear. “

As for Simranjit Mann, his campaign was built around the struggle between Punjab and Delhi and the problems that kept Punjab the victim of militancy for two decades: from Chandigarh to Punjab, the status of the SYL channel. And the merging of the Punjabi-speaking areas of Himachal and Haryana is back in the Punjab, so that now the state can return. During the assembly elections, AAP leaders were soft on many of these issues, but now this trick will not work.

It should be noted that after the reorganization of Akali Dal at the Moga conference in 1995, Simranjit Mann’s faction split from the new organization led by Parkash Singh Badal. The new Akali Dal had worshipers like Sukhdev Dhindsa, Surjit Singh Barnala, Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and so on. The group projected itself as the secular party of the entire Punjab and later established dominance over the entire state by uniting with the BJP. During this time, Simranjit’s radical and separatist agenda slowly pushed him into oblivion in state politics. Now that Akali Dal is fighting, this election victory has put Mann in a position from where he can regain leadership of the sect.

Simranjit Mann belongs to a strong political family in the Punjab. His father Joginder Singh Mann was a close collaborator of Akali Dal Tara Singh’s veteran master and speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly between 1967 and 1969. His wife Geetinder Kaur is the wife of Captain Amarinder and younger sister. of Patiala Congresswoman Preneet Kaur.

Even during the run-up to these by-elections, Simranjit Mann did not change his position on Khalistan. He also has his own opinions on Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and wants to see former terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara as the Jathedar of Akal Takht. The eyes of the entire Punjab are now set on the next step of Simranjit Singh Mann, whether he will continue in his tough position or stay soft as a deputy.

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