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Punjab Cabinet expansion: 15 MLAs take oath as ministers in CM Charanjit Channi Cabinet

The Cabinet expansion came after new CM Charanjit Singh Channi held marathon meetings with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the central high command.

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Chandigarh, First Published Sep 26, 2021, 5:41 PM IST
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A total of 15 ministers were sworn-in as ministers in Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s Cabinet. Among the first to take oath were Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Tript Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Sarkaria and Rana Gurjit.

The Cabinet expansion came after new CM Charanjit Singh Channi held marathon meetings with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the central high command.

The other ministers inducted into the Cabinet are: 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 and Gukrirat Singh Kotli.

Here’s the list of ministers inducted into Channi’s Cabinet:

Brahm Mohindra: Considered to be the big Hindu face of Punjab, Mohindra is a resident of Patiala and considered special to former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa: He fell out against Amarinder Singh to support Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He’s considered to be one of the powerful cabinet ministers in the previous state government.

Bharat Bhushan: Another Hindu face of Punjab and known for having a strong hold on youth, Bharat Bhushan is an old Congressmen belonging to Ludhiana. He was the food and supply minister in the previous government.

Pargat Singh: An Olympian hockey player and known to be Sidhu's right hand, Pargat Singh is from the Akali Dal who rebelled against Amarinder Singh.

Raj Kumar Verka: He is the Dalit face of the party and is said to gain Dalit votes during Assembly elections next year.

Manpreet Badal: He became the Finance Minister of Punjab and was special to Amarinder Singh after rebelling against the Badal family and joining the Congress.

Sukhbinder Sarkaria: He rebelled against Amarinder Singh despite being very special to the former CM. Sarkaria held the Revenue Minister post in the previous government. 

Randeep Singh Nabha: Kaka Randeep Singh Nabha is an MLA in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. 
Rana Gurjeet Singh: As his name cropped up in a controversy, Gurjeet Singh had to resign from the Amarinder Singh-led government.

Amarinder Singh Raja Warring: Hailing from Bathinda, Warring is known to be close to the Gandhi family.

Vijay Inder Singla: Known to have close ties with the Gandhi family, Singla previously held the Education Minister portfolio.

Razia Sultana: The only Muslim women to be inducted in the cabinet, Razia Sultana is known to have a tiff with Amarinder Singh as her IPS husband was not made DGP.

Sangat Singh Gilzian: Gilzian was Amarinder Singh's core MLA and a part of team Sidhu, Gilzian has been elected as MLA many times. 

Gurkirat Kotli: Former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Kotli has been elected as MLA from Khanna constituency for the second time.

Aruna Chaudhary: She is an MLA from Dina Nagar constituency.
 

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