AAP leader Bhagwant Mann was sworn in as Punjab chief minister on Wednesday.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mann at the swearing-in ceremony that took place at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Punjab’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar district.
Only Mann took oath during the ceremony.
The ceremony was supposed to start at 12.30 pm but got delayed and was held at around 1.25 pm.
Besides newly-elected AAP MLAs, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, and other leaders wearing yellow turbans were present.
After the ceremony, Mann said his government would address issues like unemployment, corruption and farmers’ plight which are plaguing the state.
“The work will start from today,” he said.
He said the condition of schools and hospitals in the state would be improved like it had been done by the AAP government in Delhi.
Meanwhile, a number of singers and artistes, including Gurdas Maan, Karamjit Anmol, singer-turned-politician and Congress MP Mohammad Sadique, and Amar Noorie were present at the event.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the ceremony which was attended by AAP supporters from various parts of the state. The men were wearing yellow turbans while women draped yellow ‘dupattas’.
The 48-year-old Mann had invited the people of the state to attend the ceremony, saying the three crore people of Punjab would also take oath with him.