Badal said he does not believe that Amarinder Singh as a Sikh would go back on the promises he made with the sacred scriptures in his hand.
The Punjab government has also abolished halqa incharge system and decided that the police personnel shall have fixed duty hours.
"I am sure that Captain Amarinder Singh will fulfil his promise and curb drug supply in Punjab by April 16 (30 days)," Phoolka said.
"The first six months, we have to work with positive intent. We have to be true in our work," he said while describing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as a father figure to him.
Ceremony at Raj Bhawan attended by Rahul, Manmohan, Cong CMs and ex-CMs.
Speaking to The Indian Express, VK Singh, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab, said the EVMs are 100 per cent safe and nobody could manipulate these machines to influence results.
Congress leaders were elated not only because Sidhu did not get to become deputy CM, but also because he was placed third in the Cabinet pecking order.
Of the 14 seats in Ludhiana, Congress has won eight.
However, after the results, details revealed that 16 of the 19 candidates on the first list lost and a number of them ended up third as well.
The new Chief Secretary will also act as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Personnel, General Administration and Vigilance as well as Investment Promotion.
It was previously speculated that Sidhu would be made the deputy chief minister.
Apart from a strong political contender, Capt Amarinder Singh is also well known for his literary bend.
Speculation was rife that the cricketer-turned politician would be given the post of deputy chief minister but he was the third among the list of nine ministers sworn in today.
Congress' Amarinder Singh took oath as chief minister today. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh were present.
The report was released in Ludhiana on Wednesday and the analysis also revealed that out of the newly elected MLAs, 45 have educational qualifications ranging from Class V to Class XII while 60 MLAs are graduates or above.
Around a dozen won by over 30,000 votes
Badal went to villages Dhaula, Sirajwala, Lambi, Channu and few other villages to meet the villagers and SAD workers where he addressed small public meetings.
The party won 18 seats in region, finished second in 21 seats but trailed winner by huge margins in most seats
Confident of his victory, Shergill got only 10,252 votes, against 65,803 votes polled by SAD’s Bikram Singh Majithia and 42,919 by Congress candidate Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lali Majithia.
Party MLAs to list reasons of defeat and submit in 15 days
All Punjab MLAs, including Aam Aadmi Party and SAD-BJP, too have been invited.
"Akalis being 6 per cent ahead of AAP is completely astounding,” the Delhi CM said.
The Chief Minister designate has also appealed to all party MLAs and others not to indulge in excessive celebration and to keep the event austere so as not to further burden the "debt-ridden state exchequer".
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected to attend.
This would be the first time in 20 years that the outgoing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would not be the LoP in the state assembly.
While city Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra is trying to get an invitation for the swearing-in, other members are approaching people close to Captain Amarinder Singh.
Under AAP's Chalo Punjab movement, around 35,000 NRIs had come to work as volunteers ahead of the election.
Of 13 seats for which tickets were announced at last hour, party has lost in eight
He said Punjab was an answer to BJP’s “Congress-free India” slogan.
No deputy CM, Sidhu to be ‘seniormost minister’; young faces to be inducted into the Cabinet later.
BJP’s Kalia was defeated by Congress’s Rajinder Beri, an undergraduate, by a margin of over 24,000 votes.
Chhotepur, who has 61,500 followers on Facebook, got mere 1,740 votes; Mann whose live videos ticked more than 7 lakh views on FB also lost.
Amarinder Singh, who is from the old guard and was initially critical of Rahul's leadership, said after the meeting that he will be happy if the Congress Vice President is elevated.
Sources in AAP said the party would organise an introspection meeting after March 15 and a change in guard may not be ruled out.
Only about 100 volunteers and three unsuccessful candidates from Mohali, Chamkaur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib went into a huddle at a party worker’s house in Nukiwal village.
In Lambi, the total votes polled were 1,33,987 and Jarnail could not get one-sixth of this number, which is a must for saving security deposit.
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