Captain Amarinder Singh takes oath as Punjab CM

Amarinder Singh

(Photo: Pradeep Saini/SNS)

In a major political move after the Assembly elections in the state, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday took oath as state’s 26th chief minister at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

The oath of office was administered by Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and this is Amarinder’s second stint as Punjab CM.

According to Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, seven cabinet ministers and two ministers of state were administered the oath of office along with the CM.

It was a huge victory for the Congress in the assembly elections, the results of which were declared on March 11 — the Captain’s birthday.

The Congress returned to power with a thumping victory, emphatically brushing aside the challenge posed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The Congress notched 77 of the 117 seats, up from 46 in the 2012 assembly elections. The party is short of a two-third majority by only one seat. This is the party’s second best-ever performance in the state. Its highest tall was 87 seats in 1992 in an election boycotted by the Akalis.

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