Rana Gurjit Singh has made a comeback after resigning in 2018 from the Amarinder Singh Ministry despite strong resentment from a section of the party leaders.
The first expansion of Charanjit Singh Channi-led Punjab government took place today with the induction of seven new faces and dropping of some from Captain Amarinder Singh’s team. Channi, along with his two deputies Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni, were sworn in on Monday.
The ministers who took the oath of office today are: Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbindr Singh Sarkaria, Rana Gurjeet Singh, 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, Gukrirat Singh Kotli.
Rana Gurjit Singh has made a comeback after resigning in 2018 from the Amarinder Singh Ministry despite strong resentment from a section of the party leaders. After facing flak from the Opposition over allegations of impropriety in the auction of sand mining contracts, he had to resign from the previous Amarinder Singh cabinet in 2018. At that time, he had held Irrigation and Power portfolios.
Five legislators — Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Sunder Sham Arora — who were ministers in the Amarinder Singh-led cabinet have lost their ministerial berth.
Here is the full list of ministers in the Punjab Cabinet and their potfolios:
- Charanjit Singh Channi – Chief Minister – Personnel, Vigilence, General Administration, Justice, Legal & Legislative Affairs, Information & Public Relations, Environment, Mining & Geology, Civil Aviation, Excise, Investment Promotion, Hospitality, Power, Tourism and Cultural Affairs
- Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa – Deputy Chief Minister – Home Affairs, Cooperation, Jails
- O P Soni – Deputy Chief Minister – Health & Family Welfare, Defence Services Welfare, Freedom Fighters
- Brahm Mohindra – Local Government, Parliamentary Affairs, Elections, Removal of Grievances
- Manpreet Singh Badal – Finance, Taxation, Governance Reforms, Planning, Programme Implementation
- Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa – Rural Development & Panchayats, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries & Dairy Department
- Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria – Water Resources, Housing & Urban Development
- Rana Gurjeet Singh – Technical Education & Industrial Training, Employment Generation & Training, Horticulture, Soil & Water Conservation
- Aruna Chaudhary – Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management
- Razia Sultana – Water Supply & Sanitation, Social Security, Women and Child Development, Printing & Stationary
- Bharat Bhushan Ashu – Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs
- Vijay Inder Singla – Public Works, Administrative Reforms
- Randeep Singh Nabha – Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Food Processing
- Raj Kumar Verka – Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities; New and Renewable Energy Sources; Medical Education and Research
- Sangat Singh Gilzian – Forests, Wildlife, Labour
- Pargat Singh – School Education, Higher Education, Sports & Youth Services, NRI Affairs
- Amarinder Singh Raja Warring – Transport
- Gukrirat Singh Kotli – Industries & Commerce, Information Technology, Science & Technology
Rana Gurjit Singh, Mohindra and Singla are considered close to Amarinder Singh. A total of 18 MLAs, including the chief minister, can be included in the cabinet. Brahm Mohindra, a prominent Hindu, is the senior-most leader of the Punjab Congress and considered a close confidante of Captain.
Channi had taken oath as the chief minister following the unceremonious exit of Congress veteran Amarinder Singh after a prolonged power tussle with state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.