‘Golden age’ in ‘basanti’ hue: Bhagwant Mann says he is CM of everyone
- Bhagwant Mann took oath as Punjab CM Wednesday
- He said he is the chief minister of everyone in Punjab
- AAP has won 92 out of 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly
Bhagwant Mann, actor, comic and now the chief minister of Punjab, said Wednesday that a golden chapter has started in the history of the state as he took oath at Khatkar Kalan, the birthplace of Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh. “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,” Mann said in his first speech as CM.
The 48-year-old is the youngest chief minister Punjab has had since the 1970s. The Punjab Assembly, in which 92 seats are occupied by AAP, can boast of a very young House with a large number of MLAs in the 25 to 50 age-group, an otherwise uncommon occurrence in India’s political dynamics.
Mann’s swearing-in ceremony was attended by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other party leaders. The theme of the oath-taking ceremony was “Rang De Basanti,” named after a song by another Indian revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil when Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death by the British Indian government.
On Tuesday, Bhagwant Mann had resigned from his position as a member of Parliament. After his resignation. Mann said, “We know how to run an administration. I have been a member of the (Lok Sabha) for seven years. People have re-elected our government in Delhi. We have the experience.”
The Aam Aadmi Party registered a resounding victory in the recently-concluded Punjab Assembly elections winning 92 out of 117 seats. The Congress, which came to power in 2017 and then battled immense infighting within its ranks, could win only 18 seats.
On the same day Bhagwant Mann took oath as the Punjab CM, Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the state Congress chief. Sidhu’s resignation came after Congress president asked state chiefs of all five states where the Congress had lost to submit their resignations. In his resignation letter, Sidhu wrote, "To the President All India Congress Committee. Respected Madam, I hereby resign as President PPCC."