Ludhiana/ Amritsar/Patna, May 23 (ANI): Relatives of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh rejoiced, as he was sworn-in for a second successive term on Friday.
The extended family of Dr. Singh sitting in their home in northern Ludhiana watched the swearing in ceremony live on television.
Manpreet Singh, a nephew of Dr Singh, said that the common man had reposed confidence in “an honest person”.
“We want to wish him all the best, everyone in the family is very happy. We want to thank every one that they have chosen him for the second time and given a chance to an honest person who can work,” said Manpreet Singh.
Amanreet Singh, another nephew hoped that Singh would bail out the country out of the financial crisis.
“On his being elected as the Prime Minister for the second time we hope that he will take the country out of this financial crisis as he did the last time,’ said Amanreet.
Meanwhile, in Amritsar, joyous people performed the traditional Punjab’s folk dance of Bhangra to celebrate the occasion.
“Manmohan Singh has been sworn in as the Prime Minister. The country did well during his regime. He has become the Prime Minister again and we are happy,” said Harpreet Singh, a resident.
In Patna, the youth activists burst crackers and distributed sweets to celebrate thumping victory of Congress.
“Manmohan Singh has become the Prime Minister for the second time. We have taken out a victory rally to celebrate this. Under the charismatic leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Congress has done so well that all the parties are ready to extend support to Congress,” said Manoj Sharma, Secretary, Bihar State Congress Committee, Patna.
In Kolkata, supporters of Trinamool Congress which is an ally of the UPA celebrated the imminent induction of their party’s founder Mamata Banerjee as a Cabinet Minister.
Holding posters of Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi, the revellers distributed sweets, applied ‘Gulal’ (coloured powder) and also raised slogans in favour of their leaders.
A soft-spoken economist, Manmohan Singh was sworn-in as the Prime Minister by President Pratibha Patil on Friday for a second successive term after his coalition won a sweeping victory in the mammoth, month-long general elections.
Dr. Singh, 76, has named 19 members to his new cabinet, many of them veteran colleagues in his Congress party. Portfolios were not allocated.
Friday’s swearing-in would be followed by an expansion of the Council of Ministers on May 26. The expansion would include Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State (MoS) with independent charge as well as other Ministers of State. (ANI)