Comedian-lawmaker Bhagwant Mann’s ‘stand-up act’ in Parliament has gone viral on social media and proved that a budget debate need not be all heavy and plodding.
Mann, an Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab, last week used satire to critique Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget, dwelling on the “Achche Din (good days)” slogan used by the ruling BJP during its election campaign.
In a bright yellow turban, he repeatedly asked when good times would arrive, what with fuel prices and railway fares going up.
His jokes spared none. “The Congress has achieved the impossible feat of securing fewer seats than Delhi’s soaring summer temperature,” he said.
The 42-year-old became a household name as part of a comedy-based reality show. He lost the assembly polls in Punjab as a candidate of People’s Party of Punjab. This year, he won the Lok Sabha polls from Sangrur with a record margin of two lakh votes.