Captain Amarinder Singh today swore in as the 26th Chief Minister of Punjab in the Raj Bhawan of Chandigarh. Captain Amarinder Singh, 75, is swearing in as the Chief Minister for the second time. Apart from Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu seen as the prominent face considered for Deputy Chief Minister. Navjot Singh Sidhu was seen touching Captain Amarinder Singh’s feet in the swearing ceremony, expressing his respect for Amarinder. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Cricketer turned politician, left BJP last year and joined Congress. His popularity and determination were the major catch for Congress party which made a historic win the assembly elections held last month.
Congress who won 77 seats out of 117, washed out BJP and AAP from the race where BJP-Akali Dal gained 15 seats whereas the opposition party will be held by Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP which went winning 20 seats. Along with Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was given the third position in the cabinet, the second highest position has been paid to party’s senior-most legislator Brahm Mohindra. Apart from these, Manpreet Badal, Brahm Mohindra, Charanjit Channi, Rana Gurjit and Bajwa; Aruna Choudhary and Razia Sultana also sworn in as ministers with independent charges.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi along with ex- president of Congress Dr. Manmohan Singh was also present at the swearing-in ceremony. It is the second time that the Congress party has come out so victoriously in the state of Punjab. Governor VP Singh Badnore administered the oath of office Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Captain Amarinder Singh for swearing in as Punjab CM. Modi tweeted, “Wishing you the very best in working for Punjab’s development.” Punjab which was facing major problems in heath and education related issues was hacked from all over where the commoners are severely affected with drugs addiction problem. Highlighting this issue, Captain Amarinder Singh, touched this issue while addressing his swearing-in speech.