Oath Taken, Navjot Singh Sidhu Touches Captain Amarinder Singh's feet: 10 Points

Captain back in charge in Punjab			 0					By		Aruna Sharma

Captain back in charge in Punjab 0 By Aruna Sharma

Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of former CM Parkash Singh Badal was fourth in line.

Upset over the snub for the Deputy Chief Minister's office by Captain Amarinder Singh, outspoken leader Navjot Singh Sidhu left without speaking to the media after his induction as the minister for Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and Archives and Museums portfolios on Thursday. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, and the state's richest legislator Rana Gurjit Singh will also be ministers.

Forests, Printing & Stationery, Welfare of SCs & BCs would be looked after by Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.

The swearing-in ceremony of Badal, who was sworn-in as the CM for the fourth time in 2007, had taken place at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium at Mohali. Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who joined the party just a month ago took oath as the Cabinet Minister. Charanjit Singh Channi won elections from Chamkaur Sahib.

Aruna Chaudhary (Dina Nagar) and Razia Sultana (Malerkotla) will be ministers of state. This will be Amarinder's second stint as chief minister.

Karan Avtar replaced Sarvesh Kaushal who was posted as Special Chief Secretary-cum-Director General Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration.

Governor VP Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Singh at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

He also said he would be visiting all the districts of Punjab to personally express his gratitude once the immediate constitutional requirements of government formation have been completed. Before the event began, a wax statue of the new chief minister was unveiled in Ludhiana.

This is the second time that Amarinder, 75, has become Chief Minister of the state.

After assuming charge, Amarinder said he was committed to fulfilling all his electoral promises and his government would take several important decisions at its first cabinet meeting scheduled on Saturday.

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