Bhagwant Mann Takes Seat in Sangrur Lok Sabha

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
May 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Bhagwant Mann, a noted comedian and actor for the AAP, won a seat in Sangrur.

He will now be a member of Parliament during the Lok Sabha Elections, according to LivePunjab.com.

“Bhagwant Mann has won with highest vote margin in Punjab by securing 5,33,237 votes. He defeated ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa with 2,11,721 votes,” reads a report from Sikhsiyasat.net.

Mann told the Hindustan Times: “I am going to meet AAP’s convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday and will hold talk with other leaders to make the organisational structure of the party stronger.”

AP Update: After huge win, next Indian PM begins victory lap  

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of people welcomed India’s next prime minister in the capital on Saturday after he led his party to a resounding election victory, with Narendra Modi flashing a victory sign to his cheering supporters and telling them that the win “created a new confidence among people.”

Results announced Friday from the weeks-long polls showed that Modi and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party had won the most decisive election victory India has seen in three decades, sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power.

On Saturday, Modi was greeted by roaring crowds outside the BJP’s headquarters in the heart of New Delhi, where he met with the party’s leadership to discuss forming a new government.

The headquarters were festooned with garlands made of marigold flowers and multicolored balloons. Supporters blew conch shells, which traditionally mark the start of most Hindu rituals. As Modi walked toward the office, he was showered with rose petals.

In a country where elections usually result in cacophony rather than a single roar, Modi pulled off a mandate of staggering proportions, leaving him unfettered to pursue the agenda of economic revival and development that propelled him to victory.

What remains to be seen is how quickly Modi, who has ruled the western state of Gujarat since 2001, can match the enormous expectations he has created in an electorate that is hungry for change.

“One might envy Narendra Modi his awesome electoral victory yesterday. But the challenges he faces asIndia’s 17th prime minister are scarcely enviable,” Mohan Guruswamy, an economist long associated with the BJP, wrote in The Citizen, an online journal.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.