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Virbhadra Singh takes oath as Himachal Pradesh chief minister for sixth time

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Shimla, December 25, 2012

Virbhadra Singh takes oath as Himachal CM

Congress leader and former Union Minister Virbhadra Singh took oath as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh for a record sixth time at the historic Ridge Maidan here today.

Governor Urmila Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Virbhadra Singh at a largely attended ceremony. Those present included the newly-elected MLAs, senior officials and other dignitaries.
Along with the Chief Minister, nine other Ministers also took oath today. They are Ms Vidya Stokes, Mr Kaul Singh Thakur, Mr G.S. Bali, Mr Sujan Singh Pathania, Mr Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Mr  Mukesh Agnihotri, Mr Sudhir Sharma, Mr Prakash Chaudhry and Mr Dhani Ram Shandil.
In the elections held on November 4, the Congress bagged 36 seats in the 68-member assembly while the ruling BJP had to rest content with 26 seats. Others got six seats.
Mr Virbhadra Singh, 78, was chosen leader of the Congress legislature party on December 22 after a meeting of the newly elected party legislators with the central observers of the Congress. 
He had earlier served as Chief Minister of the state from April 1983 to March 1990, December 1993 to March 1998 and from March 2003 to 2007. He was also Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly between 1998 and 2003.
Mr Virbhadra Singh, who belongs to the erstwhile ruling family of the princely state of Bushahr in Himachal Pradesh, has also been elected to the Lok Sabha five times. At the Centre, he has served as Cabinet Minister for Steel and later for Mico, Small and Medium Enterprises before resigning in June this year following allegations of corruption.
Mr Singh studied at the Bishop Cotton's School in Shimla before taking a B.A. (Hons.) from St. Stephen's College in Delhi and an MA from the University of Delhi.
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