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BIG STORY                                                              MARCH 25, 2022  |     The Indian Eye                     6

        ‘The Great Indian Laughter Chal-  hard day and night, and give them an   on Friday.
        lenge’ in 2006, when Congress lead-  honest government. We have to make   Not just Punjab, the entire coun-  moDI, shah anD rajnath
        er and his now political rival Navjot   Rangla Punjab,” Mann had said in a   try is looking at the new government   to attenD YogI’s
        Singh Sidhu was a judge of the reality   tweet while announcing the cabinet   with aspiration and hope.   oath-taKIng CeremonY
        show, garnered him popularity.                                                                               rime  Minister Narendra
            He entered mainstream politics
                                                                                                                     Modi, Home Minister Amit
        in  2011  by  joining  Manpreet  Singh                                                                 PShah, Defence Minister Ra-
        Badal led Punjab People’s Party. In                                                                    jnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Par-
        2012, he unsuccessfully contested the                                                                  ty national president JP Nadda are
        elections from the Lehragaga con-                                                                      among the list of invitees sched-
        stituency.                                                                                             uled  to attend the  oath-taking
            Mann later left Punjab People’s
        Party and joined Aam Aadmi Party in                                                                    ceremony of Yogi Adityanath as
                                                                                                               Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,
        2014. For the first time in his political                                                              said sources.
        career then, he successfully contested                                                                     According to  sources, Yogi
        the election from the Sangrur Lok                                                                      Adityanath, who led his party
        Sabha  seat.  His  importance  in  Pun-                                                                to  a  thumping victory in Uttar
        jab politics grew when he defeated                                                                     Pradesh, is likely to take oath as
        the veteran leader of Punjab Sukhdev                                                                   Chief Minister of the state for
        Singh Dhindsa, who was then with the                                                                   the  second  tenure  on  March  25.
        Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).                                                                             Other than Union Ministers and
            After  the  2017  Assembly  elec-
        tions, Mann was made the party’s                                                                       the leadership of BJP and Rash-
                                                                                                               triya Swayamsevak Sangh, many
        state unit chief. In 2019, he again won   Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal with Dep-  other Union Cabinet Ministers
        from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constitu-                                                                   and chief ministers of BJP-ruled
        ency. Mann gained popularity with his   uty Chief Minister Manish Sisodia attend the oath-taking ceremony of party leader Bhagwant   states are also among the invitees.
        comedy stints in the TV show ‘Jugnu                   Mann as Punjab Chief Minister (ANI)              If sources are to be believed, sev-
        Mast Mast’. He also featured in sever-                                                                 eral Opposition leaders have also
        al other comedy shows.                                                                                 made their way to the list of invi-
            Mann was administered the oath
        by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Puro-                                                                    tees to the oath-taking ceremony.
                                                                                                                   “Congress president Sonia
        hit. Attendees of the event included                                                                   Gandhi, Congress General Sec-
        the veteran Punjabi singer Gurdas                                                                      retary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,
        Maan, AAP leader Raghav Chadha                                                                         Samajwadi Party founder Mu-
        among other party MLAs.                                                                                layam Singh Yadav, SP chief Akh-
            The ceremony was an AAP exclu-
        sive event. Besides Delhi Chief Minis-                                                                 ilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj
                                                                                                               Party chief Mayawati are among
        ter Kejriwal, no other Chief Ministers                                                                 the prominent names likely to be
        of the states were present. Outgoing                                                                   invited from the opposition par-
        Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Chan-                                                                   ties,” said sources.
        ni was also missing.                                                                                       Beneficiaries  of  various  cen-
            A day after assuming office, Pun-
        jab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann                                                                       tral and state-run welfare schemes
                                                                                                               have also been invited to the
        on  Thursday  urged  officials  to  turn   Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters take part in the victory roadshow by Bhagwant Mann and   oath-taking ceremony with a spe-
        the state into a frontrunner.                  party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal, in Amritsar (ANI)  cial focus on women beneficiaries.
            Addressing  his  maiden  meeting
                                                                                                                   Preparations for the grand
        after taking oath, Mann urged the top                                                                  ceremony have begun in Eka-
        officials of the state’s civil and police   the AAP-led Punjab government took   people,” Kejriwal said.  na  Stadium  of  Lucknow.  As  per
        administration to discharge their du-  the  first  step  towards  fulfilling  the   “Many many congratulations to   sources, the names of cabinet
        ties as public servants in the letter and   promises which it had made during   the  people  of  Punjab.  Bribery  will   members have already been final-
        spirit.  Giving  an  example  of  the  In-  the run-up to the state assembly polls   no longer work in Punjab,” Kejriwal   ized  by  the  BJP.  Home  Minister
        dian cricket team, the newly-elected   - a corruption-free government.   tweeted.                      Amit Shah has been appointed as
        chief minister said, “Matches are won   Aam Aadmi Party National Con-   Now, 10 MLAs of the Aam Aad-   the central observer to look after
        or lost but it is the team spirit which   venor Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday   mi Party (AAP) took oath as Minis-  the government formation in Ut-
        matters.  Our  prime  concern  should   hailed as “historic” the announce-  ters in Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab   tar  Pradesh.  Former  Jharkhand
        be to make our state as real Punjab,   ment by Punjab Chief Minister Bhag-  Cabinet at a swearing-in ceremony in   chief minister Raghubar Das will
        not the London, California or Paris.”  want Mann of launching an anti-cor-  Chandigarh on Saturday. The leaders   also accompany Shah in ensuring
            The AAP leader said that his   ruption helpline stating that bribery   who will become a part of the cabi-
        government would not indulge in po-  will no longer work in Punjab.  net are Harpal Singh Cheema, Baljit   government formation in the state
                                                                                                               as the co-observer.
        litical vendetta and asked the entire   “In Delhi, I had done a similar   Kaur, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Vijay   The BJP retained power in
        state administration to discharge their   thing in the past when we were in   Singla, Lal Chand Kataruchak, Gur-  Uttar Pradesh by winning 255 out
        duties fearlessly without any political   power  for  49  days  previously.  I  had   meet Singh Meet Hayer, Kuldeep   of  403  constituencies,  securing  a
        pressure, unlike earlier regimes, with   got arrested about 30-35 officials ac-  Singh Dhaliwal, Laljit Singh Bhul-  41.29 per cent vote share. Aditya-
        utmost dedication, sincerity and hon-  cused of bribery. We took strict action.   lar, Bram Shanker and Harjot Singh   nath will be the first Chief Minis-
        esty to cherish the aspirations of the   In those 49 days, corruption not only   Bains.                ter in the last 37 years to return to
        Punjabis who have voted AAP to pow-  decreased, but it also got finished. An   “The people of Punjab have giv-  power after completing a full term
        er  with  the  unprecedented  verdict.  Aam Aadmi’s phone had become a   en a big responsibility to all of us. We   in the state.
            A day after Mann assumed office,   tool of providing empowerment to   have to serve the people by working

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