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Amarinder to take oath as CM on Thursday

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister-designate will go in for a simple swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, along with a team of ministers.

Governor V.P. Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to Amarinder and his cabinet colleagues at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday morning.

Those likely to be inducted as ministers include cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, industrialist Rana Gurjit Singh and former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.

Other names likely to be included on Thursday are that of Razia Sultana, who is from the minority Muslim community, and Aruna Chaudhary.

Also likely to be included are Amarinder's loyalists and senior Congress leaders Brahm Mohindra and Rakesh Pandey.

The Congress, which swept the assembly elections, on Sunday formally elected as the head of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Amarinder later met the governor and staked claim to form the next government in the state.

This is the second time Amarinder will become Chief Minister of the state. He had remained Chief Minister from 2002-2007 previously.

Amarinder has opted for a low-key swearing-in ceremony keeping in mind the financial health of the state.

The low-key swearing-in opted for by Amarinder, who comes from the royal family of Patiala, is in sharp contrast to the crores of rupees spent by his predecessor for his own swearing-in gala public events in 2007 and 2012.

The government is believed to be under a massive debt of over Rs 200,000 crore, as per the claims of the Congress leaders during the election campaign.

Amarinder has requested all the newly-elected MLAs to also keep their personal invitations to the bare minimum to keep the ceremony simple.

The Congress swept the assembly elections in the results declared on Saturday, winning 77 out of 117 seats. The party returned to power after a decade.

--IANS

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