Karan Avtar Singh appointed new Chief Secretary of Punjab

Miranda GreerMar 17, 2017

Five other ministers and two ministers of state, both women, were also administered oath in the council of ministers, including Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh and former leader of opposition, Charanjit Singh Channi. Third on the list of nine ministers who was sworn in was Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician who quit the BJP a year ago.

No deputy chief minister post for Navjot Singh Sidhu. However, there has been no confirmation about the same yet.

Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and former union minister Ambika Soni were among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony.

On 11 March, Congress had a landslide victory in the Punjab polls as it won 77 seats in the 117-seat Assembly.

Aruna Chaudhary (Dina Nagar) and Razia Sultana (Malerkotla) will be ministers of state.

Sporting a black sleeveless jacket adorned with Army medals, Amarinder Singh took the oath in English.

"Restoring Punjab's lost glory is what we will work for", Manpreet, the estranged nephew of ex-Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, told reporters in Chandigarh after taking oath as state cabinet minister.

Captain Amarinder Singh will take oath of office along with his nine cabinet minister today. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in power in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, was a distant second with 20 seats. 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. He again resigned from the Services as a decorated soldier at the conclusion of the war.The Punjab Congress chief and husband of Patiala MP Preneet Kaur was born to late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala.

This is the party's second best-ever performance in the state.

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