Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, March 10. The first session of the newly elected Vidhan Sabha will begin on March 19. On the first day, oath will be administered to the MLAs. The next day, the legislators will elect the Speaker. After that, tributes will be paid to politicians and other persons who passed away in recent months.
It has already been announced that Parkash Singh Badal will take oath as Chief Minister on March 14 at Chappar Chiri. Following this, oath will be administered to cabinet ministers. In 2007, Badal had designated all ministers as cabinet ministers and no one was made minister of state or deputy minister. It was a single-tier cabinet. He is likely to follow the same pattern this time too.
The Punjab Governor will address the House on March 21. He would present the philosophy of the SAD-BJP government before the state people. What will be the agenda of the government for the next five years will be revealed in the address.
Following this, there will be a debate on the address and the Chief Minister will reply to the points raised in the debate on March 26.
Sources said each department had been told to prepare a note keeping in view the promises made in the election manifesto. In the Governor’s address, the government’s plan to fulfill the promises would be revealed. Chief Secretary SC Aggarwal has briefed all secretaries in this regard.
Villagers to attend Badal’s swearing-in
Muktsar: Apart from VIPs like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and National Democratic Alliance senior leadership, there would be a number of residents from SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal’s native village who would be attending his swearing-in at Chhapar Chiri on March 14.
On the occasion when Badal would become the CM for the fifth time, a large number of residents of Badal village would be taken to the venue in private vehicles. “We have invited all our supporters for ceremony. We have also made transport arrangements for those who do not own a car,” said Tejinder Singh Middukhera, a Badal aide.