Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Mann, who is the Chief Minister-elect of Punjab, has won the hearts of the Punjab people through his major announcement of breaking the tradition of taking the oath of office at the Raj Bhavan, the Governor's official residence. Mann, the former actor, is all set to become the Chief Minister of Punjab as Aam Aadmi Party has recorded a landslide victory in the state by ousting the Congress rule.
Following the victory, Mann has announced that his oath-taking ceremony will not be held at Raj Bhavan, but at Khatkarkalan in the Nawanshahr district, which is the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. He also has announced that the government offices will not have to display the photo of the Chief Minister as per the tradition. Amid flooded with commendations for his triumph, his announcements had drawn huge national attention.
Mann has contested the polls from the Dhuri constituency, which falls under his home turf Sangrur. The data shows that Mann has secured 82,592 votes in Dhuri, which is 64% of the voter turnout, 60,000 votes more than the Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy, who came second in Dhuri with 24,386 votes. BJP's Randeep Singh had got only 5436 votes. Amid the bright trend to victory, Mann had visited Gurdwara and offered prayers.
During his victory speech in Dhuri, Mann said, "The oath-taking ceremony will not be held at Raj Bhavan, but at Khatkarkalan. The date will be announced later." "No government office will carry a picture of Chief Minister, instead there will be pictures of Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar", he added. Mann said that his first order of business after taking office will be schools, health, industry, making agriculture profitable, the safety of women, and developing sports infrastructure.
He assured the Punjabi people, "You will start seeing the change in Punjab within one month." He was an actor-comedian and has been an active member of the Aam Aadmi Party for the past eight years. His appearance on TV, Arvind Kejriwal's distinct poll promises, the political tussle within the Congress, and the anti-BJP wave have combinedly made him the Mann of Punjab.
The polls in Punjab were held on February 24 and the votes were counted on March 10. Ever since the counting began, AAP was leading the battle and finally, Mann has won the majority to run the state for the next five years. Punjab has 117 seats and according to the Election Commission of India, of these 117 seats, Aam Aadmi Party has won 89 votes while leading in three other seats. The Congress party has won 17 seats while the BJP has won only two seats.