Captain Amarinder Singh to be sworn in as Punjab chief minister today, Navjot Singh Sidhu likely to get cabinet berth

Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh addresses the media in Chandigarh on March 11. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2017, 01.19 AM (IST)

Captain Amarinder Singh will take oath as the chief minister of Punjab at a swearing-in ceremony today morning.

The 77-year-old, who has been credited with the Congress's big win in the recently-concluded state assembly elections, will take oath at 10 am today.

Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to the chief minister-designate and his team of cabinet ministers at the Governor's House (Punjab Bhawan).

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the Congress just a month before the elections, is also likely to be given a Cabinet berth. He is reportedly keen on the post of deputy CM. Congress leaders, however, are reportedly against Sidhu's elevation given that he recently joined the party and that they don't see a point in both top posts being taken by leaders from the same belt (Malwa).

Other prominent faces from the state who are likely to be inducted include industrialist Rana Gurjit Singh, former Punjab mfinance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Muslim community leader Razia Sultana and Aruna Chaudhary.

The Congress formally elected Amarinder Singh as the head of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) last Sunday. Amarinder Singh later met the governor and staked his claim to form the next government in the state.

This is the second time that he will helm the Northern Indian state. He was previously chief minister from 2002-2007.

The Congress came back to power winning 77 seats in the 117-member state assembly riding a strong anti-incumbency wave against the ruling SAD-BJP combine which won just 18 seats. 

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which debuted in Punjab for the first time, picked up just 22 seats. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)