Inderpreet Kaur is the wife of the popular comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann, who became the 17th Chief Minister of Punjab.
Inderpreet Kaur Grewal hails from Bhadewal (abadi), a village in Doraha Tehsil in Ludhiana District of Punjab. Some media houses also referred to her as Inderjeet Kaur . She is also referred to as Preet Grewal.
Parents & Siblings
Not Much information is available about his parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
Inderpreet Kaur is married to Bhagwant Mann, who rose to prominence as a comedian with the Punjabi satire comedy audio and video albums like Kulfi Garma Garam (1993) and Sawdhan! Agge Bhagwant Mann (2003).
Together, Inderpreet Kaur and Bhagwant Mann have a son named Dilshan Mann and a daughter named Seerat Kaur Mann.
After his 18-year-long career in the Punjabi entertainment industry, Bhagwant Mann ventured into politics in 2011 when he joined the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP). Inderpreet had an active participation in Mann’s political journey. She used to accompany Mann to his political rallies and campaigns.
2014 Lok Sabha Elections
In 2014, Bhagwant Mann joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). During the 2014 Indian general elections in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann contested from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency of Punjab on a ticket from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Inderpreet actively took part in her husband’s political journey and delivered speeches in AAP’s favour in the villages of Sangrur to help him win.
Bhagwant Mann won the elections defeating Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, from the Shiromani Akali Dal party, with a margin of 2,11,721 votes.
Divorce Application in 2015
In March 2015, Inderpreet Kaur and Bhagwant Mann filed an application for divorce in a SAS Nagar court. The application was filed under Section 13-B of the Hindu Marriage Act, the decree of divorce by mutual consent. Consequently, the couple started living separately. After the separation, the children lived with their mother, Inderpreet, in Auburn, Washington, meanwhile, Mann juggled his time between Delhi and Mohali in India. Later, Mann publicly claimed that his divorce case wasn’t a personal matter and that he chose Punjab over his family. Known for using poetry in his political campaigns, Mann posted a poem on his Facebook Account to express his sentiments about the divorce, which read,
Jo latkeya si chiran ton o hal ho geya,
Court ch eh faisla kal ho geya,
Ek passay parivar, dujje passay si parivar,
Main tan yarro Punjab de wal ho geya.”
(A long-pending issue has been resolved. The court decided yesterday. I had to choose between one family and the other. I decided to go with Punjab)
The news of Inderpreet Kaur and Bhagwant Mann’s divorce left many awestruck as they seemed like a happily married couple in public.
Many also believed that Mann was trying to get political mileage out of his divorce case.
2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly Elections
Inderpreet Kaur caught the attention of the media when Bhagwant Mann became the chief ministerial candidate of AAP on 18 January 2022 for the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly elections. In February 2022, a complaint was lodged with the Punjab chief electoral officer against Bhagwant Mann by a resident of Nabha, Patiala, named Harkirat Singh Sakrali, who alleged that Mann had concealed his marital status in his election affidavit. Apparently, Sakrali accused Mann of putting ‘not applicable’ in the spouse column, citing that Mann was not legally divorced. Sakrali also disclosed that he had discovered that Inderpreet and Mann did not appear for the second motion statement after their divorce petition in 2015. As per the information garnered by Sakrali, no judgment for divorce was passed. While addressing the media, the Dhuri returning officer Ishmit Vijay Singh claimed that she had not received any complaint against Mann. She also said,
It is not the prerogative of the returning officer to check the marriage status of a candidate unless the candidate has a serious criminal background.”
On contrary to Sakrali’s allegation, the 17th Lok Sabha Members Bioprofile of Bhagwant Mann, states Mann’s marital status as ‘divorcee.’