On Wednesday, Bhagwant Mann was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Punjab, following six days of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s win in the state assembly election with an overwhelming majority. It won 92 out of 117 seats, replacing Congress as the party in power. Many prominent names in Indian politics took to Twitter to congratulate Mann for his swearing-in. In his address to the public, he gave the slogan of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. He further stated that he wouldn’t run to other countries like the leaders of some political parties do but would stay in Punjab and get to know the people’s issues.
He also mentioned how the AAP policies in Delhi would also be in Punjab for its development. Further in his address, he said he is also the CM of all the people who did not vote for him and will work towards uplifting all.
Support from various Leaders nation-wide
Manish Tewari, a member of Lok Sabha for Congress, tweeted and congratulated Mann for his victory for inviting him to the ceremony. He also mentioned how it was ironic that ex-CM Charanjit Singh Channi had not invited him to his swearing-in ceremony despite being one of his MLAs. He, however, apologised and said he wouldn’t be able to make it to the ceremony because the parliament was in session.
Even Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin hailed Mann for his victory.
Talking about the issues of the state
Mann took his oath in the presence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Bhagat Singh’s ancestral village Khatkar Kalan. He chanted the ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ slogan, which the crowd uttered. “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, according to Indian Express.
The slogans of ‘Jo Bole So Nihaal’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ were also chanted.
Mann appealed to the people of his country to solve all the problems by staying in the country itself and not leaving it. He also assured the people that the solutions to all issues, including unemployment, business and farming, would be resolved. “It is everyone’s birthright to love. Why not make the soil of my nation my lover?,” he said.
Mann promised that not a single day would be wasted and that work would begin immediately in the state. He lauded the work done in Delhi, citing its schools and Mohalla clinics and promised to replicate that level in Punjab. “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)” he said.