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Sidhu becomes cabinet minister in Punjab

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was inducted on Thursday as a cabinet minister in the new in headed by Chief Minister

Sidhu, who was speculated to become the Deputy Chief Minister, was given the "No. 3" slot.

During the swearing-in ceremony here earlier in the day, Sidhu was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor V.P. Singh Badnore after and cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra.

Sidhu, who joined the in January ahead of the February 4 assembly elections, won the Amritsar-East assembly seat by over 42,000 votes.

He was earlier an MP from Amritsar when he was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004, 2007 (by-election) and 2009.

He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016.

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