Badal to take oath for record 5th time
Chandigarh: Parkash Singh Badal, who led the
SAD-BJP combine to a thumping win in the Punjab Assembly poll,
will take oath as Chief Minister for the second consecutive
term and a record fifth time at historic Chapar Chiri Banda
Bahadur Memorial in Fatehgarh Sahab district on Wednesday.
The oath taking ceremony is traditionally held at Raj
Chappar Chiri has a special place in Sikh history. In
1710, Sikh warrior Banda Singh Bahadur won the battle against
Wazir Khan, who commanded the Mughal army, in the place.
Five years ago, the sprawling Punjab Cricket Association
stadium at Mohali was the venue for the swearing-in of the
85-year-old SAD patron.
The SAD-BJP alliance government in its present term has
set up `Fateh Burj (tower of victory)` in Chappar Chiri, about
25 km from here.
Meanwhile, there was no official announcement on whether
other Cabinet rank ministers would be sworn in with Badal.
The assembly can have an 18-member council of ministers,
including the Chief Minister.
Both SAD and BJP have been maintaining a silence on the
number of ministers from each party to be included in the
According to sources, BJP may get four ministerial berths
this time against five in the outgoing tenure as its strength
in the state assembly had dwindled to 12 from 19.
Badal headed full two five-year terms from 1997-2007. His
other terms were in 1977-1980 and 1970-71.
The SAD-BJP alliance won 68 seats in the 117-member
House, whereas the Opposition Congress got 46 seats, 13 short
of the magical figure of 59.
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