New Delhi: A day after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Punjab, AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said today, March 17, that his government is taking a “very big decision” in the interest of the people of the state. ” The newly-elected chief minister from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took to Twitter to build up ahead of the announcement.
“A very big decision will be taken today in the interest of the people of Punjab. No one in the history of Punjab would have taken such a decision till date. I’ll announce shortly…,” Mann posted on Twitter, which was retweeted by AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, triggering speculations regarding the announcement.
पंजाब की जनता के हित में आज एक बहुत बड़ा फ़ैसला लिया जाएगा। पंजाब के इतिहास में आज तक किसी ने ऐसा फैसला नहीं लिया होगा।
कुछ ही देर में एलान करूँगा…।
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) March 17, 2022
Bhagwant Mann took oath at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Punjab’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar district, on Wednesday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, wearing “Basanti (yellow)” turbans, were on stage during the ceremony.
Shortly after taking oath, Bhagwant Mann said a golden chapter has started in the history of the state and that it would be “badhta (progressive) Punjab, rather than Udta Punjab”, referencing the 2016 blockbuster that highlighted Punjab’s drug problem.
I’m not here to diss anyone today. I am the Chief Minister of everyone in Punjab, even those who did not vote for our party,” he said.
AAP registered a magnificent victory in the recent Punjab election, winning 92 seats in the 117-seat assembly and beating incumbent Congress by a vast margin. This is the eight-year-old party’s second state after Delhi.
Soon after the results, Mr Mann declared that he would take oath, not in the Governor’s House, as is tradition, but at Bhagat Singh’s village.
“Earlier, oath ceremonies used to take place in palaces. I have a special place for Bhagat Singh in my heart,” he told the gathering.
Mann, 48, is the youngest Chief Minister of the state since the 1970s. He was elected twice as a Member of Parliament from Sangrur parliamentary constituency before his legislative assembly debut this time. He resigned as MP on Monday.
“The happiest man is the one from whom no one expects … Bhagwant Mann unfurls a new anti – Mafia era in Punjab with a mountain of expectations …hope he rises to the occasion , brings back Punjab on the revival path with pro – people policies … best always,” Sidhu tweeted.