Chandigarh: Captain Amarinder Singh,75, took oath this morning as Punjab chief minister in the presence of congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram among others. The oath of office was administered to Maharaja of Patiala by Punjab Governor VP Badnor at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. These Nine MLA’s were also sworn in as cabinet ministers, namely Braham Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tript Rajinder Bajwa, Rana Gurjeet and Charanjit Singh Channi, and two women legislators Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana. Soon after the oath ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Congratulations @capt_amarinder on taking oath as CM. Wishing you the very best in working for Punjab’s development.”
Navjot Singh Sidhu who was on the third number in the list of cabinet ministers touched the new CM’s feet after taking oath, however there is still a suspense whether he would be appointed as deputy chief minister of Punjab or not.
There were total number of 117 seats in the election, out of which Congress won 77 seats with a clear majority, and the ruling alliance of Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP managed to get just 15 seats. Aam Aadmi Party could grab only 20 seats.
Interestingly, Amarinder’s Pakistani friend and former journalist Aroosa Alam was also there to witness the ceremony. “Everybody wants peace and both the countries should strive to maintain the calm. Rather fighting in Siachen both the countries should focus on eradicating poverty and illiteracy besides improving the health amenities,” Aroosa Alam said.
It was captain Amarinder‘s second time to take oath as chief minister of Punjab. The government of Congress has formed after a period of ten years in Punjab, however it will refrain from any celebrations due to the financial crisis they have inherited from the previous Akali Dal-BJP government.