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A moderate Sikh government took control in India’s troubled Punjab state as the federal government ended two years of direct rule. Thousands of armed police and paramilitary troops sealed off the governor’s mansion in Chandigarh as Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala and his Cabinet ministers were sworn into office. Barnala, 59, a lawyer, said his first priority will be to implement an agreement between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the late Sikh leader, Harchand Singh Longowal, aimed at redressing longstanding Sikh political and economic grievances.


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