A wax statue of Punjab’s next chief minister Amarinder Singh has been created by artists in Ludhiana to commemorate his swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh will assume the office of chief minister for the second time, the first term in the office was between 2002 and 2007.
Captain has reportedly decided to go in for a simple swearing-in ceremony as an austerity measure. “There will be nothing ostentatious about the oath-taking programme at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday morning when Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to Amarinder Singh as the new chief minister of the state,” a Punjab Congress release had quoted Amarinder as saying earlier.
75-year-old Amarinder, CLP leader and Punjab Congress Committee president, will be sworn in along with a few members of his cabinet. He has made it clear that in the light of the state’s fiscal situation, he did not want any unnecessary or wasteful expenditure to be incurred on the swearing-in ceremony.
“Government was committed to getting the state out of the financial doldrums into which it had been plunged by the previous dispensation. Each small step will count towards ensuring that every possible rupee is saved at this critical juncture,” he added.
The PPCC president requested all the newly elected MLAs to also keep their personal invitations to the bare minimum to keep the ceremony simple. He urged them to ensure that their supporters also show similar restraint, and not clog the roads of Chandigarh and cause hardship to the people of the city.