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Punjab CM-designate Bhagwant Mann stakes claim to form govt , promises historic decisions by AAP cabinet

By Priyanka Verma 
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Punjab: Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister-designate of Punjab met governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday, March 12, and staked claim to form the next government in the border state.

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Later, Mann told reporters the governor asked him to inform about the place and time of the swearing-in ceremony. Mann said the event will be held at Khatkar Kalan at 12.30pm on March 16. 

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“I met the governor, handed over letter of support from our MLAs and staked claim to form the government. He told me to tell him wherever we want to hold swearing-in ceremony. It’ll be held at the native village of Bhagat Singh, Khatkar Kalan, at 12.30pm on March 16,” the CM -designate was quoted as saying by news agency.

He further said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will provide a good cabinet and make historic decisions. 

“People from houses across Punjab will come to the ceremony, they will also pay tribute to Bhagat Singh. We will have a good cabinet, historic decisions -that were never made before – will be made. So, you will have to wait,” he said.

A day ago, Mann, who won the Dhuri seat by 45,000 votes, was elected as the AAP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of the party’s MLAs in Mohali.

Mann will take oath as the chief minister of Punjab on March 16 at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, in Nawanshahr district.

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Mann has invited AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his swearing-in ceremony. On Sunday, the duo will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir and Sri Ram Tirath Mandir.

They will take part in a roadshow in Amritsar to celebrate the AAP’s victory and thank voters, a party statement said. Earlier in the day, Mann had met Kejriwal in Delhi.

The AAP romped home by winning 92 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly. It decimated the Congress and the SAD-BSP combine and its candidates defeated several stalwarts, including Channi, SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and former chief minister Amarinder Singh.

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