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 party‘s win in Punjab is even more significant because of two things â€” the party won totally on its own and in a three-cornered contest for the first time ever in the state â€” both achievements rarely associated with the Congress in the past couple of years.
Contrary to exit polls projections of a Congress-Aam Aadmi Party face-off in Punjab, the Congress looks set for a clean sweep in the state.
Addressing his first press conference, Sidhu termed his preference for the Congress as a 'Ghar Wapsi'(homecoming) and launched a broadside against Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
53-year-old Sidhu is likely to contest from Amritsar East Assembly seat, party leaders said.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today joined Congress ahead of assembly poll in Punjab after meeting party Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Sidhu said that after winning three elections (for the BJP) in Punjab he was shunted to the Rajya Sabha and asked to stay away from the state.
An MP from Amritsar from 2004 to 2014, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu is also a senior BJP leader and a member of Punjab Legislative Assembly.
As per sources, the party's nominations for the six seats includes senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who continues to lead a crusade against the Congress first family.
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Massive LCD screens, an advanced sound system and hi-tech video streaming were all deployed by BJP for Narendra Modi's Sunday rally in northwest Delhi.
Leading sports channels STAR Sports 2 and STAR Cricket announced a slew of production and programming initiatives which are set to redefine consumer viewing experience of the upcoming live coverage of all the matches of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.