Sukhbir Singh Badal sworn in as Punjab`s Deputy CM for 2nd time
Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009, 12:27
Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal was on Monday sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab for the second time this year, becoming second in command to his father and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Unlike his swearing in function in January, which was organised at Amritsar with much fanfare, today's function was kept a low key affair at the Raj Bhawan here where the 47-year-old was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor SF Rodrigues.

He had to resign last month as he failed to get elected to the state assembly within six months of his being sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

He cleared the legal hurdle last week having been elected to the Assembly from Jalalabad in a by-election.

Dressed in his traditional kurta-pyjama the junior Badal took the oath in Punjabi.

Besides Badal, the oath taking ceremony was attended by the Chief Minister's cabinet colleagues and BJP leaders from the state among others.

With his induction in his father's government, Sukhbir's elevation became the rare instance in India's political history where a father-son duo will hold the top two jobs in a Government at the same time.

Sukhbir had defeated Congress rival Hans Raj Joshan by over a record margin of 80,000 votes in the by-polls to the Jalalabad Assembly seat, paving way for his re-appointment.

The portfolio of Sukhbir, who re-claimed the high profile job of Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister, are likely to be crucial departments of Home, Information and Public Relations and Youth Affairs, which were with him during his brief stint at the post for about six months earlier, sources said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009, 12:27

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