Badal resigns as Punjab CM

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Chandigarh, March 12 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday resigned.

He submitted his resignation to Governor V.P. Singh Badnore following the defeat of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance in assembly elections.

Badal, 89, held the last meeting of his outgoing cabinet on Sunday which recommended the dissolution of the 14th Punjab assembly.

The Akali Dal-BJP combine finished third in the election. The Congress swept the polls, winning 77 of the 117 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party finished second with 20 seats.

The Akali Dal-BJP alliance managed only 18 seats.

–IANS

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