Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann Swearing-in: A new chapter has started in the politics of Punjab from today. Bhagwant Mann took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Punjab at Khatkar Kalan, the village of freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Governor Banwari Lal Purohit administered the oath of office of CM. After this, Bhagwant Mann thanked the people of the state. He said that Aam Aadmi Party is fighting the same battle which Bhagat Singh fought. CM Mann said that the party which emerged from the movement is bringing change in the country. He said that the standard of schools and colleges in Punjab will improve. We will develop Punjab on the lines of Delhi.
Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are also present on this occasion. Also, lakhs of people have reached here. Just before the swearing-in, Bhagwant Mann has tweeted- “The golden ray of sun has brought a new dawn today. To realize the dreams of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Baba Saheb, the whole of Punjab will take oath today at Khatkar Kalan. To guard the thoughts of Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji, I am leaving for his native village Khatkar Kalan.
Before Bhagwant Mann was sworn in as CM, Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Today is a big day for Punjab. In this golden morning of new hope, today the whole of Punjab will gather together and take a pledge to make a prosperous Punjab. To witness that historic moment, I have also left for Khatkar Kalan, the native village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Earlier, elaborate arrangements were made for the swearing-in ceremony. Bhagwant Mann has just taken oath alone. It is believed that there can be 18 ministers including the Chief Minister in the Punjab cabinet. In the recent results, AAP has won 92 seats out of 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly. Before taking oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Bhagwant Mann had invited the people of the state to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Tight security arrangements were made for the ceremony and senior officers including the Inspector General of Police and Senior Superintendent of Police were deployed during the event, officials said. He said around 8,000 to 10,000 security personnel were deployed for the ceremony. The district administration declared a holiday in schools on March 16 in view of the possibility of a huge gathering due to the swearing-in ceremony.