People set the bar for Bhagwant Mann, AAP: ‘Repay the revolution on the stand with one in the workings of government’
“Lokan ne tan bhar-bhar ke votan ditiyan, te sab ton vadh sittan jitaian. Hun sarkar ton iss tarah da hi inquilab chahida (People have ushered in a revolution in Punjab by giving the highest number of seats to the Aam Aadmi party. Now in return we expect the same revolution from the government through its performance ). Not too far from the stage where Bhagwant Mann sworn in ex officio as the new Punjab CM, Jaswinder Kaur, an AAP supporter, has set the bar for him and his new government.
The 51-year-old from Jagraon village in Ludhiana district, added, “My son is a graduate and I want the government to provide him with a respectable job whether it is government or private.”
She had come to attend the event with her son.
Mann’s swearing-in venue at the ancestral village of Bhagat Singh was packed on Wednesday not only by AAP cadres but also by large numbers of unaffiliated supporters who voted for the party in hopes of a “revolution”.
Another AAP supporter, Jasbir Kaur from Kalanaur in Gurdaspur district, said she lived in constant fear that her unemployed son would fall prey to drugs.
“We have seen several governments before and all have disappointed us. But this one claims it’s different and will change aam aadmi’s life. I want him to eliminate state unemployment and also save our children from nasha,” she said.
“In our villages, nasha is sold openly. The police and politicians are aware, and we are still worried about our children. Now Bhagwant Mann should finish all this,” said another woman, Rajwant Kaur, from Darapur village in Moga.
Almost everyone who arrived at the scene to witness the swearing-in ceremony hoped that the new government would help Punjab turn a page for the better.
Sharanjit Kaur, a young woman from Nakodar area of Jalandhar said, “My brother and I are BA-BEd and we want good jobs for ourselves so that we can support our parents who worked hard to make us to study”. she says.
Nawanshahr’s Rakshika Madan talked about fixing state schools.
“We have spent huge sums of money on educating our children in private schools and now government ‘Delhi Model’ schools are to be opened in the state as it will save us from huge expense and with these savings , we can live comfortably,” she said.
Mann also addressed these issues of unemployment and education in his speech.
Amidst the throng of young people who wanted affordable education and better jobs were farmers and businessmen who sought to have their issues addressed first.
“We want farmer suicides to end in Punjab. Farmers need to get the right price for their crop,” said a farmer, Major Singh, from Waryah village in Tarn Taran district.
Another farmer, Manjit Singh, said, “I want my debt canceled by this government and we get a fair price for our crop. And we should also get all the basic facilities in our villages.”
Ludhiana-based businessman Paraminder Singh said, “We expect a lot of changes from this government for the growth of our state in all sectors so that our industry can be revived here.”