Punjab Cabinet expansion: 15 MLAs take oath as ministers

Deputy Chief Ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni have already been sworn in last week with Chief Minister

Fifteen Punjab Congress MLAs took oath as Ministers in Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s new Cabinet on Sunday. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered them oath of office and secrecy at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh. Deputy Chief Ministers Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni have already been sworn in last week with Chief Minister.

Brahm Mohindra was the first one to take oath, followed by Manpreet Badal. Among those sworn in are seven new faces-Amrinder Singh Raja Warring MLA from Gidderbaha, three-time MLA from Amritsar Dr Raj Kumar Verka, three-time MLA from Urmar Sangat Singh Gilzian, former minister and MLA from Jalandhar Cantt Pargat Singh, four-time MLA from Nabha Randeep Nabha,  MLA from Khanna Gurkirat Kotli, besides former Irrigation minister and MLA from Kapurthala Rana Gurjit Singh.

Among the former ministers who have been inducted are Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Badal, Sukhbinder Sarkaria, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Vijay Inder Singla, Aruna Chaudhary, Razia Sultana and Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

Those former ministers, who are dropped are Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Sunder Shyam Arora, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Kangar.

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