Bhagwant Mann, who took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab, was the face of the Aam Aadmi Party‘s first victory outside Delhi. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party won 92 out of 117 seats in the recent Assembly elections.

The oath-taking ceremony, which was followed by a brief address from the new Chief Minister, was held in Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Punjab’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar district.

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mann.

“People’s mandate as to in whose hands will they place the reins of the future of their children, youth, elderlies for the next 5 years is locked in the machines (EVMs),” the stand-up comedian turned politician said in a statement before the elections.

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Who is Bhagwant Mann? 

Bhagwant Mann, now a prominent politician from the Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, was earlier a comedian and actor and has often been known to include a pinch of humour in his parliament speeches and debates. The 48-year-old was included in the party 2014.

Before joining the Aam Aadmi Party, Mann was part of the People’s Party of Punjab between 2012 and 2014. In this period, he contested the Lehragaga Assembly seat.

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While contesting the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from the Sangrur constituency, Mann won the polls with a record margin of more than two lakh votes, according to the Aam Aadmi Party’s official website. He became one of the four Members of Parliament elected from Punjab in those polls.

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After winning the elections from the Sangrur constituency, Mann was made the leader of the Parliamentary party in the Lok Sabha and the State Convenor of the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The party’s official website says that Mann’s rallies across Punjab were the “largest political events” of the state assembly elections.