Punjab’s nominated Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann will take oath alone on Wednesday. He is set to take oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Punjab on March 16 at 12.30 pm at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. Bhagwant Mann has invited the people of Punjab for this swearing-in ceremony.
Bhagwant Mann said in a video message, “Let us all together make the Punjab of Shaheed Bhagat Singh ji’s dreams. I invite you all to attend the swearing-in ceremony at Khatkar Kalan on Wednesday, March 16. I urge people to take oath on March 16. I request my brothers to wear yellow turban and sisters to wear yellow shawls/stole on that day. We will paint Khatkar Kalan in ‘Basanti colour’ on that day.”
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— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 14, 2022
The oath ceremony of Bhagwant Mann’s cabinet will be held later, which can have 17 members. Aam Aadmi Party has won 92 out of 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly elections. Mann managed to win the election from Dhuri assembly seat. He defeated Congress candidate Dalveer Singh Goldie by 58,206 votes. AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal and Mann held a roadshow in Amritsar on Sunday to express their gratitude to the voters.
Bhagwant Mann withdraws security of 122 former MLAs
Giving a clear message against VIP culture, Bhagwant Mann on Saturday withdrew the security of 122 former MLAs, ministers and VIPs, including the wife of state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, ahead of taking oath as the chief minister. Former ministers include Manpreet Singh Badal and Pargat Singh of the Congress, who lost the elections. However, the names of former chief ministers Captain Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal and state Congress chief Sidhu are not in the list. However, Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur, a former MLA, is among those whose security has been withdrawn.