Mann elected as AAP Legislature Party leader, to take oath as Punjab CM on March 16

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Aam Aadmi Party Chief Ministerial candidate for Punjab Bhagwant Mann waves to supporters as he comes to meet with Delhi Chief Minister and party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, at Civil Lines, in New Delhi on Friday. | Photo: ANI

New Delhi/Chandigarh: Bhagwant Mann will take oath as the chief minister of Punjab on March 16 at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of iconic freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, the AAP said on Friday after he met party national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi.

Mann was also elected as the Punjab AAP Legislature Party leader. He will meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday to stake claim to form the government, a party leader said.

On March 13, the Aam Aadmi Party will hold a roadshow in Amritsar to thank the people of Punjab for their "love and trust". Both the swearing-in ceremony and the roadshow will be attended by Kejriwal, the party said.

A day after the AAP's stupendous victory, Mann met Kejriwal and his parents at his residence and took their "blessings", it said.

He also extended an invitation to Kejriwal to attend the party's roadshow and the oath-taking ceremony, it added.

"After the historic victory in the Punjab Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party has intensified the preparations for government formation in Punjab. In this context, the future chief minister of Punjab, Sardar Bhagwant Mann, today met the party's national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his parents in Delhi and took their blessings," the AAP said in a statement after the meeting.

"AAP's convener Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Sardar Bhagwant Mann on becoming the chief minister of Punjab and gave him the mantra of work(ing) day and night for the bright future of the people of Punjab," it said.

During the meeting, "detailed discussions" were held with regard to government formation in Punjab under the leadership of Mann, it said.

The AAP said plans for the oath-taking ceremony "and MLAs joining the cabinet" were also discussed during the meeting.

"During this meeting, it was decided that a roadshow would be organised in Amritsar on March 13 to acknowledge the immense love and trust that the party received from the people of Punjab," it said.

Mann will join Kejriwal for the roadshow to thank the people of Punjab, it added.

The meeting, which went on for over an hour, was attended by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and AAP in-charge of political affairs in Punjab Raghav Chadha.

Mann later left for Punjab.

Kejriwal tweeted about the meeting and shared a picture of it.

"My younger brother Bhagwant Mann will take oath as the chief minister of Punjab. Today, he came to my residence to extend an invitation for the oath-taking ceremony. I am sure that as a chief minister, Bhagwant will fulfil every expectation of the people of Punjab," he said in Hindi.

This was Mann's first meeting with Kejriwal after the assembly election results were declared on Thursday.

In a tweet in Hindi, Sisodia said, "Met Punjab's dearest son and newly elected chief minister Bhagwant Mann ji at national convener Arvind Kejriwal ji's residence. Congratulated him on the victory and also wished him all the best for bringing a big change in the next five years by fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Punjab."

He also a shared a picture of his meeting with Mann.

Later, Mann was elected as the AAP Legislature Party leader at a meeting of party MLAs in Mohali.

"A meeting of the Legislature Party was held today. We have formally elected Bhagwant Mann as our leader," AAP leader Aman Arora said.

He said Mann will meet the Punjab governor on Saturday to stake claim to form the government.

The AAP romped home in 92 of the 117 assembly seats in Punjab. Mann won from the Dhuri seat by a huge margin of 58,206 votes.

Talking to reporters in Sangrur before leaving for the national capital, Mann had said he would meet Kejriwal to congratulate him on the AAP's victory in the Punjab elections.

Mann has said the oath-taking ceremony will be held in Khatkar Kalan village in Nawanshahr district.

On the AAP's resounding poll victory, Mann said, "The people defeated arrogant persons and they made the common people victorious."


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