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United colours of 'Basant' at Bhagwant Mann's swearing-in

As Bhagwant Singh Mann took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Tribune lensmen Pradeep Tewari and Sarabjit Singh captured the mega ceremony at Khatkar Kalan, which was covered in the yellow hues of ‘basant’ — the colour of revolution

United colours of 'Basant' at Bhagwant Mann's swearing-in

YELLOW was the colour of the day at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of great freedom fighter and youth icon Shaheed Bhagat Singh, where Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Singh Mann took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab.



YELLOW was the colour of the day at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of great freedom fighter and youth icon Shaheed Bhagat Singh, where Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhagwant Singh Mann took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

SPRING IN THEIR STEP Aam Aadmi Party supporters return after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Bhagwant Singh Mann at Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, in Nawanshahr, on Wednesday.

While men came supporting yellow turbans, women, too, came wearing yellow dupattas to add to that happiness quotient. After all, their leader, whom they had elected, hoping to bring about a change in the state dynamics, was about to take the oath.

AAP Convener & Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal; his wife Sunita Kejriwal; and daughter Harshita Kejriwal, at the event.

Yellow signifies optimism, spring and happiness and ‘happiness’ was no doubt writ large all over. A serene, yet revolutionary spirit prevailed at the main pandal. A 100-feet-long stage was erected for the event.

AAP MLAs capture the historic moments at Khatkar Kalan.

Besides, AAP flags and banners were lined up everywhere on the road, from the highway to the venue, as youth came in large numbers sitting atop buses and tractor-trailers.

An elderly woman cheers for Mann as he takes the oath.

Youngsters fond of clicking selfies made a beeline near a semi-constructed Bhagat Singh Centenary Foundation office just next to the main memorial site that had statues of freedom fighters — Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev — on the rooftop, to get that perfect shot.

Girls dance during the swearing-in ceremony.

Such was the spirit, that boys, charged with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour, were seen helping each other in tying yellow turbans in Bhagat Singh style at the venue and raising slogans of Inquilab Zindabad and Jo Bole So Nihaal, Sat Sri Akal.

AAP leader Raghav Chadha with Bhagwant Mann

Clad in a white kurta pyjama, sky blue jacket and a yellow turban, Bhagwant Mann, after taking the oath, addressed the huge gathering saying that this is for the first time that any Chief Minister was taking oath from the land of martyrs as earlier swearing-in ceremonies were held from stadiums and palaces.

A strong presence of AAP’s Delhi team, including CM Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and others, was visible as a separate stage was set up for them.

“Traditional parties are losing their ideology in the country and its support base is eroding. The new government will be an endorsement of Kejriwal’s vision, who believes that politics is much above caste, creed or religion,” said an AAP supporter, who came all the way from Pathankot to attend the ceremony.

Proud moment Bhagwant Mann’s mother Harpal Kaur and sister Manpreet Kaur during his swearing-in ceremony at Khatkar Kalan on Wednesday.

“This is a big day for us, as it marks a political transition for the state. The victory has been made possible because of majority of the people of Punjab who voted for change,” an AAP activist said.

Bhagwant Mann’s son and daughter, who came all the way from the US to attend the event.

Happiness writ large

Yellow signifies optimism, spring and happiness and ‘happiness’ was no doubt writ large all over the faces of those who came to witness the ceremony at Bhagat Sing’s ancestral village. Such was the enthusiasm among boys that they were seen helping each other in tying yellow turbans in Bhagat Singh style

AAP supporters from Satoj village, from where Mann belongs.

People click selfies near the statues of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the backdrop of serpentine queues of vehicles.

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