X
X
Top
ADVERTISEMENT

Captain begins Second innings as Punjab CM

Captain begins Second innings as Punjab CM
x
Highlights

After guiding the Congress to a resounding victory, Amarinder Singh on Thursday was sworn in as the Punjab Chief Minister for the second time with nine ministers, including Navjot Singh Sidhu also taking the oath. 75-year-old Amarinder was sworn in as the state\'s 26th chief minister. 

Chandigarh: After guiding the Congress to a resounding victory, Amarinder Singh on Thursday was sworn in as the Punjab Chief Minister for the second time with nine ministers, including Navjot Singh Sidhu also taking the oath. 75-year-old Amarinder was sworn in as the state's 26th chief minister.

This will be Amarinder's second stint as chief minister. Earlier, he led the Congress government from 2002 to 2007. Speculation was rife that Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician, would be given the post of deputy chief minister but he was second among the list of nine ministers to be sworn in.

Brahm Mohindra was sworn in as cabinet minister right after Amarinder. Two Ministers of State - both women - were sworn in at the ceremony attended among others by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

The ceremony was held at the Raj Bhavan here and the oath was administered by Governor V P Singh Badnore. Sporting a black sleeveless jacket adorned with army medals, Amarinder took the oath in English.

Besides Sidhu those sworn in were Manpreet Singh Badal, estranged nephew of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh and Charanjit Singh Channi. The state can have a maximum of 18 ministers, including the Chief Minister.

The Congress has 77 MLAs in the assembly. Amarinder Singh initially has kept the strength of his Cabinet short, leaving scope to go for in an expansion at a later stage. Capt Amarinder had announced that the oath-taking ceremony would be a simple affair in view of the financial crisis facing the stage.

Show Full Article
Print Article
Subscribed Failed...
Subscribed Successfully...
Next Story
More Stories