NAWANSHAHR (PUNJAB): Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, will wear the yellow hues of spring (basant) when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann takes oath as the new chief minister of Punjab on March 16.
Arvind Kejriwal-led party has chosen the yellow colour theme for the swearing-in ceremony in honour of the ‘rang de basanti’ song which is widely associated with the spirit of Bhagat Singh and his aides.
In a video message, Chief Minister-elect Mann appealed to the people of Punjab to don colours of spring for his oath-taking.
“Not just the youth, but the elderly too should attend the ceremony wearing turbans reflecting the colour of spring. Likewise, women should wear ‘dupattas’ of this colour,” he requested.
The AAP leader further said, “It is not just me who has become the chief minister of the state. Three crore people of the state have also become chief minister and I invite everyone to attend the swearing-in ceremony at Khatkar Kalan on Wednesday.”
Mann said that the Punjab government would start working for the people from day one. “Elders living in the villages will not have to make rounds of tehsils, Patwaris and government departments to get their work done,” he stated.
During a meeting in Mohali on Saturday, Mann asked the party legislators to go out among people, not sit just in Chandigarh.
After tendering his resignation as a member of Lok Sabha on Monday, Mann said, “Earlier, swearing-in ceremonies were organised at Raj Bhavan or big stadiums. It is for the first time that this ceremony will take place at the birthplace of a shaheed (freedom fighter). They are the reason we are free today. We can’t forget their sacrifices.”
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