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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann swearing-in ceremony Highlights: Bhagwant Mann assumes office as Punjab Chief Minister

At the oath taking ceremony, Mann said people will visit Punjab just like they visit Delhi to see its schools and mohalla clinics.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 16, 2022 10:51:55 pm
Bhagwant Mann assumes office as Chief Minister. (Twitter/AAP)

Bhagwant Mann’s oath-taking ceremony Highlights: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann assumed office as the 18th chief minister of Punjab at the state civil secretariat in Chandigarh. At the swearing-in ceremony at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of Bhagat Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters turned up in ‘basanti’ turbans and dupattas, the colour associated with the freedom fighter.

At the oath taking ceremony, Mann said people will visit Punjab just like they visit Delhi to see its schools and mohalla clinics. Before ending his speech with ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ and ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’, Mann quoted another verse: “Hukumat vo karte hain jinka dilon par raj hota hai, yun to kehne ko murge ke sar pe bhi taaj hota hai (The ones who rule are those who rule hearts, crowns even rest on roosters’ heads).”

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The ‘pandal’, with yellow drapes and 50,000 chairs, has been set up on 40 acres land near the Bhagat Singh memorial in the village in Nawanshahr district.

Besides newly-elected AAP MLAs, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other senior party leaders were also present at the ceremony. The Aam Aadmi Party won 92 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, decimating the Congress and the SAD-BSP combine.

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22:36 (IST)16 Mar 2022
People set the bar for Mann, AAP: 'Repay revolution at the booth with one in govt functioning'

“Lokan ne tan bhar-bhar ke votan ditiyan, te sab ton vadh sittan jitaian. Hun sarkar ton iss tarah da hi inquilab chahida (People ushered in a revolution in Punjab by giving highest-ever seats to the Aam Aadmi Party. Now, in return, we expect the same revolution from the government through its performance).” No too far away from the stage where Bhagwant Mann took oath of office as the new Punjab CM, Jaswinder Kaur, an AAP supporter, set the bar for him and his new government.

The 51-year-old from a Jagraon village in district Ludhiana, added: “My son is a graduate and I want that government should provide him some respectable job whether it is government or private.”

She had come to attend the event along with her son.

The venue of Mann's swearing-in at Bhagat Singh's ancestral village was chock-full Wednesday not only by AAP cadre but large number of unaffiliated supporters who voted for the party in hope of a 'revolution'. Anju Agnihotri Chaba reports

22:17 (IST)16 Mar 2022
‘Inquilab’ on his lips, Mann takes oath as new Punjab CM

At a venue brimming with ‘basanti’ turbans and dupattas, Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann Wednesday took oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Punjab at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

The event, where Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mann (48), was attended by Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal along with members of his Cabinet. But Mann was the only one who addressed the crowd.

The usual sarcasm of political speeches missing, Mann delivered a short – less than 10 minutes – and measured speech where he told the crowd that his mission was to make Punjab the state of Bhagat Singh’s dreams. He ended his address with the slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. Read More

21:09 (IST)16 Mar 2022
In Pics: Scenes from swearing-in ceremony of Bhagwant Mann

20:47 (IST)16 Mar 2022
In Pic: Newly elected MLAs at the swearing-in ceremony

Newly elected MLAs of AAP during the swearing-in ceremony of Bhagwant Mann as Punjab's CM  at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahar on Wednesday.

20:38 (IST)16 Mar 2022
In sea of supporters, a Congress MP: ‘Mann’s success is success of entire Punjab’

As Bhagwant Mann took oath as the 18th chief minister of Punjab at Kahtar Kalan, the ancestral village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr, sitting among thousands of supporters, in a sea of basanti, was a beaming Mohammad Sadiq, the Congress MP from Faridkot.

On two sides of the political divide, Sadiq and Mann share a common thread — both are artiste-turned-politicians. While Mann has had a successful stint as a stand-up comic and an actor, the Congress leader is a renowned Punjabi singer.

The glee on Sadiq's face as the Aam Aadmi Party leader got up take oath.

“We have known each other since 1991 when Mann performed his stand up act for the f irst time from my stage in Chandigarh,” the Congress MP said, adding he respects Mann “like ustad (master)”. Anju Agnihotri Chaba reports

Congress MP Mohammad Sadiq. (Express)
19:32 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Bhagwant Mann receives 'guard of honour' at Punjab Civil Secretariat

New Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann received a warm welcome at the Punjab civil secretariat during the 'guard of honour' ceremony. 

18:43 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Bhagat and Bismil, how AAP married iconography at Mann swearing-in

Amid a sea of “basanti” turbans, the venue of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s swearing-in ceremony at Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkar Kalan reverberated with the iconic revolutionary song “Mera rang de Basanti chola” on Wednesday.

This was in line with the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) designated theme of “Rang de Basanti” for the oath ceremony — illustrating the party’s strategy of not allowing only the BJP to lay claim to nationalist iconography. Mera rang de Basanti chola was penned by Bhagat Singh’s fellow revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil and other prisoners in 1927 while they were incarcerated in a jail in Lucknow. Read full report

18:12 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Governor administers oath to Inderbir Singh Nijjar as protem Speaker of Punjab assembly

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit today administered oath to Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar as the protem Speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly at Raj Bhawan. 

17:12 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Bhagwant Mann takes charge as Chief Minister

AAP leader Bhagwant Mann takes charge as Punjab Chief Minister at the state secretariat.

16:33 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Bhagat Singh's dreams will be fulfilled: AAP

On the day AAP leader Bhagwant Mann was sworn in as the CM of Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party's Twitter handle posted a picture of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh's statue, saying his "dreams would now be fulfilled".

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16:06 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Scenes from the swearing-in ceremony of Bhagwant Mann

AAP’s Bhagwant Mann takes oath as Punjab CM at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshar. (Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
 

15:35 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Mann 's children home from US to attend swearing-in

The son and daughter of Bhagwant Mann came to attend his swearing-in ceremony from the US. Seerat (21) and Dilshan (17) were seen sporting 'basanti' stoles 

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15:22 (IST)16 Mar 2022
PM Modi congratulates Mann, says 'will work together for Punjab's growth'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his congratulations to Bhagwant Mann, who was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Punjab on Wednesday. "Congratulations to Shri Bhagwant Mann Ji on taking oath as Punjab CM. Will work together for the growth of Punjab and welfare of the state’s people," the PM said.

15:10 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Kejriwal congratulates Mann

Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has congratulated Bhagwant Mann on becoming the CM of Punjab. On Twitter, Kejriwal wrote in Hindi, "Many many congratulations and best wishes to Bhagwant Mann on becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab. I am sure that under your leadership, prosperity will return to Punjab, there will be a lot of progress and people's problems will be solved. God is with you."

14:24 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Watch: Bhagwant Mann sworn in as Punjab CM

In the presence of Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, AAP's Bhagwant Mann was sworn in as the Chief Minister.

The 48-year-old comedian-turned-politician resigned as the Lok Sabha MP from Sangrur on Tuesday. He was the lone AAP MP in the Lower House.

14:05 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Work will begin today, not a day will be wasted: Bhagwant Mann

Promising that not a day will be wasted and work will begin today itself, Bhagwant Mann said people will visit Punjab just like they visit Delhi to see its schools and mohalla clinics. Before ending his speech with 'Inquilab Zindabad' and 'Jo Bole So Nihal', Mann quoted another verse: "Hukumat vo karte hain jinka dilon par raj hota hai, yun to kehne ko murge ke sar pe bhi taaj hota hai (The ones who rule are those who rule hearts, crowns even rest on roosters' heads)."

13:52 (IST)16 Mar 2022
From unemployment to farming, we will find solutions to all problems: Bhagwant Mann

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said that Bhagat Singh was not just concerned about India getting its freedom but also the hands it will go into once it is free. "His concerns were valid. We are going abroad to those from whom we took our freedom. We will stay in our country and work for its betterment," he said.Launching an appeal to people to not leave the country, Mann said that solutions to all problems - from unemployment to farming to business to schools - will be found.Reciting a verse by Bhagat Singh, Mann said "It is everyone's birthright to love, why not make the soil of my nation my lover?"

13:43 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Will work for those who didn't vote for us too: Bhagwant Mann

In his first address after being sworn in as the Punjab CM, Bhagwant Mann said that like Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters, the AAP is also fighting to take freedom to the people."It will take many lives to pay back the love we have got from you. We are also the government for those who didn't vote for us and we will work for them too," Mann added.

13:34 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Came to Khatkar Kalan for oath taking to remember our freedom fighters: Mann

Chanting 'Jo Bole So Nihal' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', Bhagwant Mann thanked the people who attended the swearing-in ceremony. "Earlier, swearing-in ceremonies would be held in palaces and cricket grounds. But we have come to this village to remember those who gave us this independent nation. Freedom fighters stay in our hearts," he said.

13:28 (IST)16 Mar 2022
Bhagwant Mann sworn in as 18th CM of Punjab

AAP leader Bhagwant Mann takes oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab in the presence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit. At the swearing-in ceremony held at Bhagat Singh's ancestral village Khatkar Kalan, Mann ended his speech with 'Inquilab Zindabad' (long live the revolution). The slogan was then chanted by the crowds.

When Bhagwant Mann takes oath as the 18th chief minister of Punjab on Wednesday, life would’ve come a full circle for the Aam Aadmi Party leader who once played an ‘aam aadmi’ on screen who took on politicians flush with money and muscle power and went on to rule the state by decimating them.

Mann will be sworn-in as CM at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar) district. Led by Mann, the AAP romped home winning 92 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, decimating the Congress and the SAD-BSP combine.

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Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday said he has accepted the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister-designate and Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann with effect from March 14. Mann, the MP from Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency, had submitted his resignation from the House to Birla on Monday following AAP's landslide win in the Punjab Assembly polls.

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