Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi carries out first cupboard growth, inducts 15 Ministers, 7 new faces

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Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi carries out first cupboard growth, inducts 15 Ministers, 7 new faces

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi carried out his first cupboard growth on Sunday, inducting 15 Cupboard Ministers which included seven new entrants.       

The brand new faces within the Channi Ministry are Randeep Singh Nabha, Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Gurkirat Singh Kotli.

Rana Gurjit Singh has made a comeback after resigning in 2018 from the Amrinder Singh Ministry. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of workplace and secrecy to the legislators.

Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Razia Sultana, Vijay Inder Singla and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who have been ministers within the earlier Amarinder Singh led cupboard, have been retained as Cupboard Ministers.

Channi had taken oath because the chief minister following the unceremonious exit of Congress veteran Amarinder Singh after a protracted energy tussle with state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Rana Gurjit Singh, Mohindra and Singla are thought-about near Amarinder Singh.         

A complete of 18 MLAs, together with the chief minister, may be included within the cupboard. Channi’s two deputies Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni have been sworn in on Monday.   

Earlier, a piece of Congress leaders from the state had written to the occasion’s Punjab unit chief Sidhu towards the induction of former minister Rana Gurjit Singh, alleging he was “corrupt and tainted”. 

The leaders had additionally demanded that the cupboard berth could as a substitute be crammed up “by giving illustration to a clear Dalit chief”. A duplicate of the letter was additionally despatched to the chief minister.

Rana Gurjit Singh, after dealing with flak from the Opposition over allegations of impropriety within the public sale of sand mining contracts, needed to resign from the earlier Amarinder Singh cupboard in 2018. At the moment, he had held Irrigation and Energy portfolios.

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