Balbir Singh Bath inducted into Badal Ministry
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 13:55
Chandigarh: The border district of Gurdaspur in Punjab has won a large representation in over three-year-old Parkash Singh Badal Ministry, with the induction of old Akali warhorse Capt Balbir Singh Bath in the Council of Ministers here on Sunday.

With Bath, a sitting Akali MLA from Sri Hargobindpur, getting a Cabinet berth, the total number of ministers in the Badal Cabinet from Gurdaspur border district rose to five.

Bath was inducted in the Ministry as the post of a Cabinet minister fell vacant around three months back, after Badal's nephew and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal was sacked and later expelled from the party.

Bath was sworn in as Cabinet minister by Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil at a brief ceremony at the lawns of Raj Bhawan here today.

Bath, a three-time legislator, later told reporters that his priority would be to end unemployment, provide justice to people and create a corruption-free society.

Besides Bath, the ministers from the Gurdaspur district include Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langha and Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan.

With the induction of 68-year-old Bath, the strength of Badal Ministry has risen to 18, including the Chief Minister.


First Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 13:55

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