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He is the chief ministerial face of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The two-time Sangrur MP is contesting from the Dhuri assembly segment which falls in his Lok Sabha constituency. He is leading the campaign and has been a huge draw in the Malwa region. Born in Satoj village of Sangrur district, Mann started out as a stand-up comedian in 1992 and soon became a household name with his popular albums and TV shows like ‘Kulfi Garam Garam’ and ‘Mithiya Mircha’. He took the political plunge in 2011 by joining the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP), a party set up by Manpreet Singh Badal (now in the Congress), and took on former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal of the Congress in Lehra assembly constituency in the 2012 elections, but came third. He later joined the AAP and won the Sangrur seat by over 2.11 lakh votes in 2014. In the 2017 state assembly polls, he contested against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal in the latter’s stronghold of Jalalabad but lost. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he retained his Sangrur seat by over 1.11 lakh votes and is the lone AAP member in the Lok Sabha today.