Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
On Saturday, the Congress announced Channi's name as the Chief Minister following day-long consultations with the party members. In the previous government, led by Amarinder Singh, Channi was serving as the Minister of Technical Education.
It may be noted that Channi is the first person from the Dalit community in Punjab to take charge of the top seat.
The 58-year-old leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Channi took the oath in Punjabi.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress in charge Harish Rawat announced that there will be two deputies to Channi. One deputy Chief Minister will be from the Jat Sikh Community and the other will be from the Hindu community.
The predecessor of Channi, Singh resigned from the CM's post on Saturday after a months-long power tussle with Punjab Congress president, Navjot Singh Sidhu. While putting down his papers, Singh said that he is "humiliated" as he referred to the doubts raised by the party central leadership over his capabilities as the State's CM.