Punjab: Mann will take oath in village Khatkar Kalan; What does this have to do with Bhagat Singh?

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CHANDIGARH: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate and elected Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann will take oath on March 16 (Wednesday) at Khatkar Kalan. AAP registered a historic victory in the recently concluded Punjab Assembly Elections 2022. The party washed away the Congress which had been ruling the state for many years. The party won 92 seats out of a total of 117 seats, up from only 20 in the last Punjab Assembly elections held in 2017.

16 new MLAs of Punjab’s new cabinet will take oath as ministers later.

Mann had earlier said that he would take oath at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr district. Mann reiterated his proposal to replace the photographs of the chief minister and other leaders in Punjab government buildings with those of Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.

“As Punjabis, it is our duty to follow the path of Bhagat Singh and pay respect to him. Earlier the Chief Minister of Punjab used to take oath at the Raj Bhavan. I will take oath as Chief Minister in the village of Bhagat Singh, Khatkar. Kalan,” Mann said. .

History of Khatkar Kalan and its relation with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh

Panth freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907 in Banga village of Lyallpur district. Although his ancestral home is in Khatkar Kalan village. It was named ‘Diwan Khana’ by Bhagat Singh’s great-grandfather Fateh Singh, who built it in 1858. Despite the fact that Bhagat Singh was born and brought up in Faisalabad, now in Pakistan, he regularly went home.

In 1982, the house was designated a monument under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964, and handed over to the government in 1984. The house was renovated in 2016 for a total of Rs 42 lakh.

The village is also home to the Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Museum, which was built to commemorate the death of Bhagat Singh on the 50th anniversary of his death. The museum houses many objects related to Bhagat Singh, such as his photographs and relics, as well as a copy of the judgment of the Lahore conspiracy case, which led to Bhagat’s imprisonment and subsequent death sentence. There are also notes written on the copy of the judgment.

Apart from Bhagat Singh, other freedom fighters living in the village include Sardar Ajit Singh and Sardar Swaran Singh.

First published:March 13, 2022 at 5:07 pm

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