After leading Congress to one of its biggest wins in the recent years, Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday met the governor and claimed his stake of being the chief minister of state. Earlier in the day, he was unanimously elected as the leader of legislative party.
Amarinder Singh, who is also the head of Patiala’s royal family will be sworn in as the chief minister on March 16th.
Congress has a clear majority in the state of Punjab. In an assembly of 117 seats, it won 77 seats. Aam Aadmi Party scored second with 20 seats and the coalition of Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janata Party won 18 seats.
After meeting the governor, in his interaction with the media, Amarinder Singh said that a few members in the cabinet will also be taking oath alongside him on 16th, however, he did not give any more details on who the cabinet ministers will be. He also kept silence when asked about the role of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had left BJP to join congress days before the elections started in Punjab. There are however, rumors that Navjot Singh Sidhu might become the deputy CM, a confirmation on this is awaited.
Speaking to media, Congress Secretary and in charge of the Punjab affairs, Asha Kumari told that Amarinder Singh has been elected as the leader of legislature party and it was proposed by vice president Rahul Gandhi and unanimously accepted by all the MLAs. Other congress leaders present at the venue were Ashok Gehlot (Former CM of Rajasthan and current head of screening committee in Punjab) and Harish Chaudhary – Secretary AICC (All India Congress Committee).