At the village of Bhagat Singh, Bhagwant Mann and “Rang De Basanti”

Swearing in of Bhagwant Mann: Officials expect over 3,000 attendees at the event.

Khatkar Kalan:

For the swearing-in ceremony of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann as Chief Minister of Punjab, freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s village was awash in the color ‘Basanti (yellow)’ this morning .

Yellow turbans, the trademark of comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann, filled Khatkar Kalan’s village in response to his call for people to wear “Basanti turbans and dupattas” to his oath. Yellow was the theme of the place and the decoration.

Bhagat Singh wore turbans of the color, which symbolized revolution.

“We will color Khatar Kalan in ‘Basanti rank’,” Bhagwant Mann said in a video message inviting the people of Punjab to his swearing-in.

Mr Mann, 48, will be the state’s youngest chief minister since the 1970s.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister, will be present for the swearing-in ceremony of Mr Mann, whom he calls “his younger brother”.

The AAP won a landslide victory in Punjab, winning 92 seats in the 117-seat Punjab Assembly and decimating the incumbent Congress. Mr Mann won almost 60,000 votes in the Dhuri assembly constituency in Sangrur district.

Mr Mann said three million people would take the oath with him.

“On March 16, in Bhagat Singh’s Khatkar Kalan, not only will Bhagwant Mann take the oath and become CM, but with me, the three crores of Punjab will also become CM. Together we will do Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s Rangla Punjab,” said said Mr. Mann said in a video message.

AAP leader Raghav Chaddha was among the first to share a photo wearing a yellow turban.

Mr Mann resigned as MP for Lok Sabha yesterday.

Speaking to reporters, he said he was confident about his new role as leader of Punjab. “We know how to run the administration. I have been a member of the (Lok Sabha) for seven years. People re-elected our government in Delhi. We have the experience,” he said.

“Many seasoned politicians have lost elections and new people have won. I’m sure new ideas will come to the state. There will be out-of-the-box thinking in this government,” he added.

During the AAP storm in Punjab, top Congress leaders including incumbent Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lost the election.

Officials expect more than three lakh people to take the oath. Elaborate security arrangements have been made and nearly 10,000 security guards are in the village.

Schools in the district are closed today due to the huge gathering.

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