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India politics: Parkash Singh Badal is Punjab's new chief

Parkash Singh Badal
Image caption Mr Badal has taken over as the chief minister of Punjab for a record fifth term

The leader of the regional Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party, Parkash Singh Badal, has been sworn-in as the chief minister of the northern Indian state of Punjab for a record fifth time.

Seventeen other ministers, including his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, have also been sworn-in.

Mr Badal junior will act as the deputy chief minister.

Mr Badal, 85, contested the elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The SAD-BJP alliance won 68 of the state's 117 seats while the opposition Congress got only 46 seats.

The Congress party, which is heading the national government, also suffered a major setback in elections in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh - India's most populous.

The polls, held in five states, were seen as a litmus test for national elections due by 2014.

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