Amarinder Singh takes charge as Punjab chief minister
Singh had made it clear on Wednesday that, in light of the state's fiscal situation, he did not want unnecessary or wasteful expenditure incurred on the swearing-in ceremony. Photograph: (Facebook)
Capt Amarinder Singh, who led the Congress to victory in Punjab after a decade, has taken charge as the chief minister of Punjab. He was sworn in earlier today.
Chandigarh: Captain Amarinder Singh takes charge as the Chief Minister of Punjab pic.twitter.com/WTKXoVF53w— ANI (@ANI_news) March 16, 2017
Governor VP Singh Badnore administered the oath of office at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Soon after Singh was sworn-in, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new chief minister.
Congratulations @capt_amarinder on taking oath as CM. Wishing you the very best in working for Punjab’s development.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 16, 2017
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was sworn in as a cabinet minister. That had been the question everybody had been waiting for an answer to -- whether he would be made a minister, or a cabinet minister, or even deputy chief minister.
Singh's cabinet team also includes Brahm Mohindra, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh, Charanjit Singh Channi, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Manpreet Singh Badal.
Singh had made it clear on Wednesday that, in light of the state's fiscal situation, he did not want any unnecessary or wasteful expenditure incurred on the swearing-in ceremony.
He also said he would be visiting all the districts of Punjab to personally express his gratitude once the immediate constitutional requirements of government formation have been completed.
This had been a massive victory for the Congress, coming as it did after a decade and with the BJP winning UP and Uttarakhand and forming governments in Goa and Manipur.
The Congress won 77 of 117 seats, up from 46 in the 2012 assembly elections.