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Leader of India’s opposition Congress party takes oath as chief of northern state

STORY: Leader of India’s opposition Congress party, Captain Amarinder Singh, on Thursday (March 16) took oath as the new state chief of northern Punjab province.

The state governor, VP Singh Badnore, administered oath to Singh along with his cabinet ministers.

Singh said there government was committed to fulfill all the promises made to the public.

“We have our programmes, which we have included in our manifesto. We will take up all those issues once our work begins from Monday (March 20). We will fulfill our promises as soon as our cabinet begins work,” said Singh after taking oath in Chandigarh city.

Congress swept Punjab, winning 77 of 117 seats after a gap of 10 years, offering at least some consolation after Rahul Gandhi, heir apparent to the party leadership, failed again to make an impact.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a landslide win in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The election decimates the field of credible opponents who could halt Modi’s march to a second term at the 2019 general election.

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