Both Manpreet and Sidhu went to Rahul and Manmohan after taking the oath, to seek their blessings.Five other ministers and two ministers of state, both women, were also administered oath in the council of ministers, including Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh and former leader of opposition, Charanjit Singh Channi.
Though the Punjab assembly elections are still to be formally announced, the poll players are indulging in competitive populism, going all out to outdo each other and virtually promising the moon to the electorate.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh attended the ceremony, signifying how important the victory in Punjab was for the party that was ousted from power in two other states – Uttarakhand and Manipur.
For Amarinder Singh, a member of the royal family of Patiala, it is his second stint at the helm of the state.
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