Chandigarh: The Charanjit SinghChanni-led Punjab government on Sunday inducted six new faces in its cabinet. The expansion saw inclusion of “tainted” former minister Rana Gurjit Singh, an alleged sand mining mafia. The ministers who took oath on Sunday are Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tripti Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Rana Gurjit Singh, Aruna Chaudary, Razia Sultana, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Vijay Inder Singla, Randeep Singh Nabha, Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Gukrirat Singh Kotli.Also Read - ‘Stop Talking About Secularism’: Amarinder Singh Slams Congress, Questions Alliance With Sena
On Saturday, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Saturday met Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan around 12:30 pm along with his deputies with the list of ministers for the new cabinet. Also Read - Navjot Sidhu To Work As Punjab Congress Chief, Announcement To Be Made Tomorrow, Says Harish Rawat
After meeting the governor, Channi told reporters the oath-taking ceremony for the new ministers will take place at 4:30 pm on Sunday. Punjab’s cabinet already has two deputy chief ministers and another 15 slots are likely to be filled tomorrow. His meeting with the governor came barely hours after he returned from Delhi having held a final round of discussion with the party high command on the cabinet formation. Also Read - 'Channi Will Sink Congress in 2022', Navjot Singh Sidhu's Rant Against Chief Minister Triggers New Controversy in Punjab
Here are the highlights:
5.45 PM: Those who could not be made ministers today will be accommodated in the Govt setup & the organization. This exercise has been done to bring in young faces & strike a social & regional balance: Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat after expansion of Punjab Cabinet
5.20 PM: MLAs Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, and Gurkirat Kotli also took as minister in Punjab Government at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.
4.50 PM: Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana takes oath as cabinet minister.
4.45 PM: MLA Gurjit Singh Rana also takes oath as Punjab cabinet minister. He was earlier removed for his alleged connection to the sand mining auction.
4.40 PM: Manpreet Singh Badal will take oath next. The Congress leader represents Bathinda (Urban)
4.39 PM: Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Aruna Chaudhary who represent Fatehgarh Churian and Dina Nagar respectively have taken their oaths.
4.30 PM: I had resigned in protest against three black laws of the Modi Govt and made it clear that I will not be joining the State Cabinet: Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh
4.20 PM: Pargat Singh, Raj Kumar Verka, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Kuljit Nagra and Rana Gurjit Singh are likely to be included in the cabinet, according to the sources.