On Sunday, 15 MLAs took oath as Cabinet Ministers in Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi's government. Congress MLAs Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tripti Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Sarkaria and 10 others administred the oath in presence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.
A total of 15 Congress MLAs took oath today as cabinet ministers today at Raj Bhavan despite disappointment expressed by some of the Congress leaders.
Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Razia Sultana, Vijay Inder Singla, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Randeep Singh Nabha, Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, Gurkirat Kotli, Tript Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Sarkaria and Rana Gurjeet Singh are the ministers who took oath today.
Congress MLAs Brahm Mohindra and Manpreet Singh Badal take oath as Cabinet ministers of Punjab Govt, at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh pic.twitter.com/hbInrGHcNG— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2021
Earlier, sources had informed ANI that four ministers considered as close aides of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh are likely to be dropped from Channi's new Cabinet and half a dozen of new faces will be introduced.
Channi took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down.
Congress leader in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat said the Cabinet, which has seven new faces and eight from Amarinder Singh's Cabinet is a balanced one. Among the new faces inducted, only Rana Gurjit Singh has been a minister before. The rest six are ministers from the first time.
The Cabinet expansion has drawn the ire of the ministers of the Amarinder Singh government, who have been dropped from the Channi government. Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Kangar held a joint news conference here shortly before the cabinet expansion and asked what was their fault that they had been dropped.
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