Capt. Amarinder takes charge, vows to work for Punjab's development

Chief Minister-designate Amarinder Singh single handedly steered the Congress to a stupendous victory in Punjab. He served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and was elected to the State Legislative Assembly five times. Governor V.P. Singh Badnore administered the oath at a simple ceremony attended by top party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh, at the Punjab Raj Bhavan here Mr Sidhu was inducted into a seven-member Cabinet.

Talking to reporters after the oath taking ceremony, Rahul Gandhi once again accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using money power in Manipur and Goa despite people giving his party the mandate to rule.

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S K Sandhu, who was the Principal Secretary to former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, was posted as the Additional Chief Secretary, Social Security and Development of Women and Children while Anurag Agarwal was posted as Financial Commissioner, Taxation.

The Congress high command has chose to do away with the deputy chief minister's post, for which former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was a contender.

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According to media reports, Brahm Mohindra, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot will also be sworn in as Cabinet ministers. New entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 20 seats and two seats went to its ally Lok Insaaf Party. The Punjab government's debt exceeds Rs1.25 trillion.

To chants from the Bhagwad Gita, Guru Granth Sahib, Quran and Bible, Capt Amarinder Singh stepped into his office on the second floor of the Punjab Secretariat to begin his second stint as the state's chief minister on Thursday.

The first cabinet meeting of the new government will be held on Saturday, where the formation of a special task force to tackle the drug menace in Punjab is likely to be announced.

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

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