March 13, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Captain Amarinder Singh was on Sunday unanimously elected the new leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Punjab, after which he formally met the governor to stake claim to government formation, thus clearing the decks for him to be sworn in as the new chief minister of the state.
The swearing-in ceremony will take place here on Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m, when Captain Amarinder will take the oath as chief minister. Captain Amarinder told mediapersons that a few cabinet members will also take their oath of office along with him but did not give any details.
AICC secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs, Asha Kumari, told mediapersons that the election of Captain Amarinder as the CLP leader took place at the Congress Bhawan, where all the newly elected MLAs passed a one-line resolution authorizing AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to take a decision on the new CLP leader.
Asha Kumari then called up Rahul to apprise him of the CLP decision. She later informed the MLAs that Rahul Gandhi had proposed the name of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder as the new CLP leader. The Congress MLAs then unanimously elected Captain Amarinder as their leader by a show of hands, she added.
Apart from Asha Kumari, other AICC leaders present at the CLP meeting were Ashok Gehlot (head of the Congress screening committee for Punjab elections) and Harish Chaudhary (AICC secretary.
At the meeting, outgoing CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi read out a statement thanking the people of Punjab for their stupendous support in the just concluded state assembly elections.
Later, Captain Amarinder, accompanied by Gehlot, Asha Kumari and Chaudhary, went to Raj Bhawan to meet Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore and formally staked his claim to form the next government in the state. The Governor congratulated Captain Amarinder on the Congress victory and formally invited him to form the next government in Punjab.