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Nagpur: Comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann who is now the Punjab chief minister-elect gained appreciation from the crowd after he announced that the oath-taking ceremony will not be held at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Mann, soon after winning the polls, announced that the oath-taking ceremony will be held at Khatkarkalan in Nawanshahr district, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. He also announced that the government offices will not be having the photo of the chief minister as in the custom.

While addressing his victory speech in Dhuri, Mann said, “The oath-taking ceremony will not be held at Raj Bhawan, but at Khatkarkalan. The date will be announced later.” He further said, “No government office will carry a picture of Chief Minister, instead there will be pictures of Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar.”

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) pushed Congress from Punjab by securing almost 95 seats from 117. The grand old party managed to secure only 20 seats in the state. State Congress chief, Navjyot Singh Sidhu lost from Amritsar East constituency. On the other hand, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, too, lost from both his seats.

This would also be the first time that there would be no member from the Badal family in the Punjab assembly. Mann said his first order of business after taking office will be schools, health, industry, making agriculture profitable, the safety of women and improving sports infrastructure.

“You will start seeing the change in Punjab within one month,” Mann was promising to the people of Punjab.

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