Major boost for Punjab cabinet, 15 new faces included

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The Punjab cabinet saw major changes on Sunday with 15 new faces sworn in.

Chandigarh: A total of 15 new ministers were sworn into the cabinet of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday. 

Now there are 18 new ministers in Punjab, including the cabinet. 

Manpreet Singh Badal, Brahma Mohindra, Rana Gurjeet Singh Sodhi and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajpa were among the first to take oath on Sunday. 

Aruna Chaudhary was also sworn in as a Cabinet Minister. Sukhwinder Singh Sarkaria was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister.

 They were part of the cabinet of previous Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh as well. 

Razia Sultana and Vijay Inder Singla were also sworn in as cabinet ministers. 

The name of Kuljit Singh Nagra was removed from the list of ministers at the last moment and the name of Randeep Singh Nabha alias Kaka Randeep was included in his place.

 All the 15 leaders included in the Punjab cabinet today have been made cabinet ministers.

The Punjab Governor also administered the oath of office to Bharat Bhushan Ashu as a Cabinet Minister. He was in the cabinet of Captain Amarinder Singh. Randeep Singh Nabha was also sworn in as a Cabinet Minister. He has become a minister for the first time. He is the MLA of Nabha constituency. Raj Kumar Verka was also sworn in as a cabinet minister. He is becoming a minister for the first time.

Sangat Singh Giljian was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister. He is also a new face. Pargat Singh and Amarinder Singh Raja were also sworn in as cabinet ministers. Both have become ministers for the first time. Gurkirat Singh Kotli was also sworn in as a Cabinet Minister.

Kuljit Singh Nagra’s name has been removed from the list of 15 new ministers taking oath. Randeep Singh Nabha alias Kaka Randeep Singh has been made a minister in his place. Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat and Congress central observer Harish Chaudhary have also arrived at the function.

MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra said that he has resigned in protest of agricultural laws, so he himself refused to take the post of minister. The swearing in of 15 new ministers of the state is being held at Raj Bhavan. 

The ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. With this, the number of ministers in the new cabinet of the state, including the Chief Minister, has increased to 18. 

At present, the three members in the cabinet are Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Chandni, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni.

Kuljit Nagra is a MLA from the Amloh area of Fatehgarh Sahib district. His grandfather General Shivdev Singh was the Health Minister. Father Gurdarshan Singh became MLA four times and Minister twice. Mata Satinder Kaur has been the President of Punjab Mahila Congress twice. He himself was elected MLA twice from Nabha and twice from Amloh.

In fact, it is believed that the Congress High Command has laid the political chessboard through the new cabinet of Punjab to take complete control of the State Congress as well as to neutralize the influence of other leaders including Captain Amarinder Singh.

The composition of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s cabinet was cleared on Saturday after nearly six days if deliberations. 

Five former ministers who were key figures in the previous Punjab cabinet have been dismissed and seven new faces have been inducted in their place.

Meanwhile, Channi has again expressed confidence in the eight former ministers who were in the previous cabinet.

first published:Sept. 26, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

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