Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, (*15*) 26
Fifteen ministers joined the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Cabinet on Sunday, seven of them new faces. They have been administered oath by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan right here. In a last-minute change, four-time MLA from Nabha Randeep Singh Nabha was inducted rather than PCC working president and Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra after Rahul Gandhi spoke with the CM late final evening.
Unruffled, Nagra sought to make clear that he was by no means within the race, having resigned as MLA final yr to mark his protest in opposition to the contentious farm legal guidelines.The Speaker has but to just accept his resignation.
Rahul’s footprint evident
- A mix of contemporary blood and expertise, the Cabinet enlargement is being seen as an try by Rahul Gandhi to hold Capt Amarinder Singh’s loyalists alongside within the poll-bound state. Only one Sidhu loyalist, Pargat Singh, may make it
- Caste Matrix: In the Cabinet are 9 Jats, 4 Hindus, an OBC, a Muslim & three SCs, together with 2 girls
- Region-wise: Nine ministers from the Malwa belt, six from Majha and three from Doaba area
Eleven former ministers in Capt Amarinder Singh authorities have been re-inducted. Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu was seen on the stage together with the brand new ministers. Capt Amarinder and former PCC chief Sunil Jakhar didn’t present up on the ceremony. Election on thoughts, CM Channi mentioned decision-making would now be expedited. “I’m working 24×7. I’ll fulfil all guarantees,” he added.
New faces: Raja Warring (Gidderbaha), Raj Kumar Verka (Amritsar -West), Sangat Singh Gilzian (Urmar), Pargat Singh (Jalandhar Cantt), Randeep Singh (Nabha), Gurkirat Kotli (Khanna)
Re-inducted: Rana Gurjeet Singh (Kapurthala)
Old faces: Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Sukhbinder Sarkaria, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Vijay Inder Singla, Aruna Chaudhary, Razia Sultana, Bharat Bhushan Ashu
Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Sunder Sham Arora, Rana Gurmit Sodhi, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Kangar
Brahm Mohindra, being the seniormost MLA, was administered the oath first. Next was Manpreet Badal. All re-inducted ministers have been sworn in earlier than the newcomers, except for Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh. A former Irrigation Minister, he needed to resign in 2018 after his title figured in a sand mining rip-off. Earlier within the day, MLAs from Doaba met Sidhu, demanding that Rana Gurjeet Singh’s title be dropped from the listing. Despite that, the latter was taken within the Cabinet. So was Gurkirat Kotli. The Khanna MLA had confronted trial for the kidnapping and molestation of French vacationer Katia. He was acquitted in 1999 after the sufferer did not testify in opposition to him and the opposite accused.
Punjab affairs in-charge and AICC normal secretary Harish Rawat mentioned, “No costs have been proved in opposition to them.”
Hours earlier than the swearing-in, ex-ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Kangar advised the media they have been sad at being ‘dropped’ however would abide by the get together choice.