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India's Aam Aadmi Party gears up for national polls after win in Punjab

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal (top, right) and incoming Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann (top, left) waving to supporters in Amritsar on March 13, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Mr Bhagwant Mann addresses supporters after taking the oath as Chief Minister of Punjab during the swearing-in ceremony in Khatkar Kalan village on March 16, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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NEW DELHI - Stand-up comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in a speech after his swearing-in as the Chief Minister of the northern state of Punjab on Wednesday (March 16) said he wanted people to feel that a "mature government" had come to power.

A 10-year-old party, AAP had just won 92 out of the 117 seats in the state election, riding on voter disenchantment with well-entrenched politicians. The 134-year-old Congress party, which previously held sway in the state, managed to garner a paltry 18 seats in the poll.

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