CHANDIGARH, Sanjay Pahwa :
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Mr. Shivraj V. Patil, today administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Tikshan Sood, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Mr. Satpal Gosai, Mr. Surjit Kumar Jaiyani and Mr. Arunesh Shakir as Cabinet Ministers, Punjab at a brief but impressive ceremony held at Punjab Raj Bhavan.
Earlier, Mr. S.S. Brar, who is holding the charge of State Chief Secretary sought the permission of the Governor to start the swearing in ceremony. Soon after being sworn in Mr Tikshan Sood, Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Mr. Satpal Gosai, Mr. Surjit Kumar Jaiyani and Mr. Arunesh Shakir signed the oath, which was counter signed by the Governor.
The oath to these Cabinet Ministers was administered by the Governor in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.
Prominent amongst others who attended the swearing in ceremony included Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr. Nirmal Singh Kahlon, Mr Shanta Kumar,Senior National Vice President incharge of the party affairs in Punjab, Member of Rajya Sabha, Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, besides Members of Punjab Council of Ministers, senior leaders of political parties, top brass of State civil and police administration. Likewise, the members of the journalist fraternity and the invitees from all over the State also attended the ceremony.
On the occasion, the newly sworn in Cabinet Ministers were accompanied by their family members, friends and well wishers.
The Swearing-in-Ceremony ended with the National Anthem played by the Police Band. High-Tea was also served to the guests at the Punjab Raj Bhavan after the ceremony