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Mar 16, 2017 12:48 PM IST | Source: NEWS18.com

Captain Amarinder Singh sworn in as 26th Chief Minister of Punjab

Captain Amarinder Singh took oath as the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab on Thursday in a ceremony attended by senior Congress leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Captain Amarinder Singh sworn in as 26th Chief Minister of Punjab

Captain Amarinder Singh took oath as the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab on Thursday in a ceremony attended by senior Congress leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

The oath was administered by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore at the Raj Bhavan.

The state can have a maximum of 18 ministers. The Congress has 77 MLAs in the Assembly.

Senior Congress leaders, including Sachin Pilot, Raj Babbar, Ambika Soni, Pawan Bandal and Ajay Maken, attended the ceremony.

Two days before the ceremony, the Punjab Congress had said it would be a simple affair as an austerity measure. "There will be nothing ostentatious about the oath-taking programme at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday morning, when Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to Amarinder Singh as the new chief minister of the state," Punjab Congress had said on Tuesday.

Singh had also urged all newly elected MLAs to keep their personal invitations to the bare minimum.

This is the second time that Singh takes oath as chief minister, having served in that capacity in 2002-2007.

Riding on strong anti-incumbency, Congress stormed to power in Punjab after a gap of 10 years by winning 77 seats in the 117-assembly seats of the Vidhan Sabha.

Ruling SAD-BJP won 18, AAP fighting its maiden assembly polls in Punjab won 20 while 2 seats went to newly floated outfit and AAP ally Lok Insaaf Party.
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