Amarinder elected as CLP leader; swearing-in on March 16

March 12 (ANI): Captain Amarinder Singh, who is all set to take over as the Chief Minister after the Congress' splendid win in Punjab, today said that his government would not indulge in vendetta politics.

On Sunday, he met Governor V.P. Singh Badnore here and staked claim to form the government, after being unanimously elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

Captain Amarinder ruled out any vendetta politics by his government, saying proper investigations would be conducted to pin responsibility in drugs and other crimes, and suitable action will be taken against those found guilty. BJP sources meanwhile admitted they were happy that the sensitive border state had not fallen into the hands of AAP, "a party of anarchists". He said that sometimes it's not enough to make people understand; rather, what works is to mislead people.

Five years back, his birthday had been a gloomy one as the Congress had lost in Punjab.

"We have staked claim to form the next government". He disclosed that several leading industrialists had been in touch with him and evinced interest in investing in Punjab.

Asked about farm loan waivers, a key poll promise in the manifesto, Amarinder said he was fully committed to implementing the same and would ensure that adequate funds are raised for it. In the press conference Captain Amarinder spoke on a range of issues, from the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal to Punjab's drug menace.

Navjot Singh Sidhu (Amritsar East), Pargat Singh (Jalandhar Cantt), Raj Kumar Verka (Amritsar East) were some of the newly-elected MLAs present at the meeting.

He won the Patiala seat with a huge margin of 52,407 votes, the largest in the state, defeating his nearest rival AAP candidate Balbir Singh, and also getting the better of former army chief General JJ Singh, fielded by the SAD.

  • Leroy Wright