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Punjab cabinet swearing-in-ceremony;10 AAP MLAs to take oath in Bhagwant Mann cabinet

Punjab Tribune Bureau | March 19, 2022 11:43 AM

Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi party on Friday declared its council of ministers, who will be confirmed on Saturday morning. Ten Ministers, including a woman, were inducted in the Bhagwant Mann government in Punjab. Among the 10 ministers, eight are first-time MLA’s.

As per the information, that it was after a progression of conversation between the chief minister Bhagwant Mann and party top leaders that the names of the cabinet priests have seen settled. The chief Minister, they say, has prevailed the party central leadership in picking his team

Tortion of the party MLAs, including a second-time lady MLA from Majha, yet chief minister Mann is accMpted to be a lean cabinet initially, said source.

 

Harpal Singh Cheema

Cheema, an advocate by profession, had defeated Shiromani Akali Dal's Gulzar Singh Moonak by a margin of 50,655 votes. He was first elected as an MLA in 2017 and also served as a member of the Assembly committee on welfare of SCs, STs and BCs.

 

Dr Baljit Kaur
 

The lone woman who found ministerial berth is Dr Baljit Kaur, who won from Malout. An eye surgeon, 46, she is the daughter of Sadhu Singh, who remained an AAP MP from Faridkot from 2014 to 2019. She joined AAP after resigning from her government job at the Muktsar civil hospital. During election meetings, she had even examined eye patients. Kaur defeated SAD nominee Harpreet Singh by 40,261 votes from Malout in Muktsar district.

Dr Vijay Singla
 

Dr Vijay Singla, 52, won from Mansa, where he defeated popular Punjabi singer and Congress candidate Shubhdeep Singh, also called Sidhu Moosewala, by a huge margin of 63,323 votes. Singla is a dentist and did Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Punjabi University, Patiala.

 

Lal Chand Kataruchakk
 

Lal Chand Kataruchakk, who was president of the party's SC wing, won from Bhoa seat in Pathankot. He trounced Congress candidate Joginder Pal.

Harbhajan Singh
 

Harbhajan Singh won from Jandiala after defeating Punjab Congress working president Sukhwinder Singh Danny. Harbhajan had unsuccessfully contested from the seat in 2017.

Gurmeet Singh
 

Two-time Barnala MLA Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer was also able to make space for himself in the Bhagwant Mann-led cabinet. The 32-year-old politician is a Graduate Professional and a mechanical engineer. 

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal
 

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal was elected MLA from Ajnala. He defeated SAD candidate Amarpal Singh. Dhaliwal had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar.

 

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