Newly appointed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday met Governor Banwarilal Purohit to submit the names of ministers likely to be inducted into the new Cabinet. The development comes less than a day after he travelled to Delhi to meet with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Following the meeting with Purohit Channi took to Twitter stating that the swearing in ceremony would be held on Sunday evening.
"Met Hon'ble Governor of Punjab Banwarilal Purohit Ji. The oath taking ceremony for the Punjab Cabinet expansion will be held at the Raj Bhawan on 26th Sept at 4:30 PM," he tweeted sharing a photo of the interaction. According to an IANS report quoting sources, 15 ministers are likely to take oath of office tomorrow.
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. The party is also learnt to have decided to retain Vijay Inder Singla, Manpreet Singh Badal, Brahm Mohindra, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Arunu Chaudhary, Razia Sultana and Bharat Bhushan Ashu from the Amarinder Singh government.
However, five legislators -- Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Sunder Sham Arora -- who were ministers in the Amarinder Singh-led cabinet are likely to be dropped, the sources said.
"I will meet Ministers, MLAs and other political office bearers at my office every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and a Cabinet meeting will be held every Tuesday at 3:00 pm. I’ve also directed all the officers not to leave the office till the cabinet is going on," Channi had tweeted earlier in the day.
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