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"When Punjab does not have enough water, the question of giving it to other states does not arise", he said.

He underlined the importance of setting up more rehabilitation and "de-addiction" centres as well as appointment of more psychiatrists to tackle the drugs problem.

"Government was committed to getting the state out of the financial doldrums into which it had been plunged by the previous dispensation".

On his promise of revival of industries, he said the industrial policy of the state would be liberalized to check the flight of industries and make Punjab an attractive investment destination. "Issues regarding the cabinet formation will take place in the due course", Singh said.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab Asha Kumari on Sunday called up Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to apprise him of the CLP decision.

The Punjab cabinet, which met under Badal for the last time, recommended dissolution of the Assembly, paving the way for the constitution of the new legislature.

Calling for a "bigger role for regional leaders in states", Amarinder said it was vital to project a regional face who could identify with the people.

Capt. Singh ruled out any vendetta politics by his government, saying proper investigations would be conducted to pin responsibility in drugs and other crimes, and suitable action will be taken against those found guilty.

To another question, Captain Amarinder said the time was right now to elevate Rahul Gandhi as party president and added that he had been maintaining this since the past one year.

The Congress secured 77 out of 117 seats in the state Assembly polls making a strong comeback after a decade.

So despite a comfortable majority, Captain will find it tough to run the state smoothly and the empty coffers will also make it hard to fulfil the poll promises the party had made in its manifesto. The Congress Party has worked very hard and that has paid off in this elections.

Amarinder along with his newly elected MLAs will hold a meeting at Chandigrah later in the day following which he will meet Governor V P Singh Badnore to stake claim to form the government in the state.


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