An audio clip believed to be of Aam Aadmi Party MP, Bhagwant Mann has gone viral on social media.
In the 2.51 min clip, Mann appears to be in conversation with the expelled AAP MP from Patiala, Dr Dharmavir Gandhi.
The entire conversation is in Punjabi language and Mann is heard claiming his victory in Loksabha elections was because of his own celebrity status.
He says, “I’ve won because of my own personality. I’ve been a celebrity for 20 years. Why have others not won? We are the real winners and we are also the winners of Delhi.”
It appears to be more than six months old audio clip because in the leaked audio clip, Mann is also heard talking about attending a swearing in ceremony, which is likely to be Arvind Kejriwal’s oath taking ceremony on February 14 this year.
Interestingly, Gandhi is heard only agreeing with Mann and not joining the conversation. This has given rise to suspicion that he may have deliberately recorded the conversation.
Gandhi though confirmed the authenticity of this conversation but denied that the audio was leaked by him. According to Punjab Kesri newspaper, Gandhi blamed a ‘government agency’ for both recording this conversation and leaking it subsequently.
Jantakareporter.com made several attempts to contact Mann, but he was unavailable for comments.
The Public Affairs Committee of AAP last month had announced it was suspending two of its MPs from Punjab for indulging in anti-party activities. The two suspended MPs were Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa.
The PAC suspended both of them from the primary membership of the party before recommending disciplinary proceedings against them to party’s National Disciplinary Action Committee.