Bhagwant Mann to announce date of his swearing-in by evening


Punjab chief minister-elect Bhagwant Mann said on Friday he will announce the date of his swearing-in by evening, as he left for Delhi to meet Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal after the party emerged victorious in the Punjab assembly elections, the polling for which took place on February 20, followed by Thursday’s counting of votes. “I am going to meet party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, will give you the date (of swearing-in) by today evening. Will meet the governor tomorrow, followed by oath-taking in (freedom fighter) Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkar Kalan,” Mann said. Mann, who heads the AAP’s Punjab unit and will be the party’s first chief minister outside Delhi, defeated Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy from the Dhuri assembly constituency. The parliamentarian from Sangrur won by 57,717 votes, as he secured 82,023 or 64 per cent of the total votes polled, while the corresponding figures for Goldy were 24,306 and 19 per cent, respectively, according to data uploaded on the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) website. The former stand-up comic, who was announced as the Kejriwal-led party’s CM face in January, will succeed Congress’ Charanjit Singh Channi, who, however, lost to AAP candidates on both seats he contested from: Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur. Overall, the AAP won 92 seats in the 117-member assembly, pushing the Congress out of power. In the previous assembly elections, in 2017, it emerged as the principal opposition party, with 20 seats. Bhagwant Mann will be Punjab’s 17th chief minister.

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