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Amarinder assumes charge amid chanting of prayers and hymns

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister Capt took charge of his new office at the Secretariat here today amid multi-religious prayers.

The second floor office of Punjab's 26th chief minister reverberated with the chanting of sacred hymns from the Bhagwad Gita, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Quran and the Bible as he entered it along with several of his newly inducted ministerial colleagues, MLAs and associates.

This is the second time that Amarinder will occupy the chief minister's stately office. He had earlier been the chief minister of the state from 2002 to 2007.

Amarinder, along with a 9-member council of ministers, had taken the oath of office earlier in the morning at the Raj Bhawan in the presence of several prominent dignitaries, including former Prime Minister and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

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

He reiterated his promise to constitute a Special Task Force (STF) to wipe out the drug menace from the state within four weeks, as promised in the Congress poll manifesto.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 17:13 IST